Embracing Menstrual Leave: Recognizing the Importance of Rest and Restoration

Are you ready to harness the power of your menstrual cycle and transform your life? In this blog post, we delve into the concept of Menstrual Leave (what we here at Steady + Free call the Three-Day Restorative because that is what is literally happening in the body and because "Leave" suggests an exceptional life event, which monthly menstruation is not) and why it holds the key to increasing profitability, well-being, consistency, and innovation in the workplace. 

Say goodbye to period problems and hello to a life of luxury and self-care. It's time to embrace the restorative power of your menstrual cycle and create a workplace culture that truly values your well-being. So, get ready to embark on a journey of understanding, support, and empowerment as we explore the significance of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative and how it can transform your life for the better. 

What is Menstrual Leave / Three-Day Restorative?

Menstrual Leave, also known as Three-Day Restorative, is a policy that allows individuals who menstruate to take time off work or work from home while being paid. Currently, this dedicated time off is intended to provide rest and support for those experiencing pain or complications related to menstruation, but our work at Steady + Free demonstrates that every person who menstruates needs to take this time of restoration. 

For many individuals, menstruation can bring about a range of physical and emotional discomforts. Conditions such as PCOS, PMDD, fibroids, or endometriosis can make this monthly experience even more challenging. Menstrual Leave / Three-Day Restorative recognizes the unique needs of individuals during their menstrual cycle and offers them the opportunity to prioritize self-care and to acknowledge the physiological expectations that the body has for how it is treated during the Menstrual Phase.

To access Menstrual Leave / Three-Day Restorative, individuals may be required to provide proof of their medical conditions, ensuring that the policy is utilized by those who genuinely require it. This helps create a system that is fair and supports those who truly need the rest and support provided by Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative. 

Interestingly, enough when all people who menstruate use the Three-Day Restorative time company-wide productivity, profitability, well-being, and innovation increases. Due to so many menstrual disorders being difficult to diagnose, relying on medical proof of the suffering that people who menstruate undergo denies access to this highly-impactful policy. For this reason, and, as stated above, because the body the menstruating person literally orients itself to rest during this phase of shedding, Menstrual Leave / Three-Day Restorative is necessary, not optional. 

By implementing Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative policies, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to the well-being and inclusivity of their employees. It allows individuals to take the necessary time off without worrying about financial implications or feeling guilty for prioritizing their health. It is a step towards creating a workplace that recognizes and supports the unique experiences of all individuals.

The Problem with the Name "Menstrual Leave"

The term "Menstrual Leave" can be problematic for several reasons. Firstly, it implies that menstruation is an exceptional circumstance or a rare occurrence, similar to bereavement leave or parental leave. However, menstruation is a natural and regular, monthly event for individuals with a uterus, making it a common rather than exceptional experience.

Moreover, the use of the term "leave" suggests that taking time off during menstruation is entirely optional. It implies that individuals have the choice to work through the pain and discomfort that often accompanies menstruation. Yet, menstruation is a physiological process that necessitates rest and restoration. By reframing the conversation around Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative, we can shift the understanding to recognize that it is not optional but rather a vital aspect of self-care and well-being.

Furthermore, the term can perpetuate the stigma and silence surrounding menstruation. It reinforces the idea that menstruation is something to be hidden or ashamed of, rather than celebrated as a natural and empowering aspect of womanhood. By using a more inclusive and accurate term, we can help dismantle these societal taboos and create a more open and supportive environment for all individuals.

The name "Menstrual Leave" contributes to misunderstandings and misconceptions about the purpose and necessity of taking time off during menstruation. By reevaluating and redefining this term, we can promote a more accurate and compassionate understanding of the rest and support that individuals require during this time.


The Importance of Menstrual Leave / Three-Day Restorative

Menstrual Leave is not just a matter of convenience or luxury; it holds immense importance in addressing the high prevalence of menstrual disorders and promoting overall well-being. By recognizing and normalizing the need for rest and support during menstruation, we can strive towards healthier and more empowered individuals. Here's why Menstrual Leave is crucial:

1. Normalizing Menstrual Disorders:

According to research, a staggering 84.1% of menstruating individuals experience menstrual disorders such as pain, heavy bleeding, and mood swings. These conditions can significantly impact productivity, mental health, and quality of life. By acknowledging Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative as a valid and necessary practice, we can open up conversations around menstrual health and advocate for appropriate support and solutions.

2. Reducing the Prevalence of Menstrual Disorders:

The ultimate goal of embracing Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative is to reduce the percentage of individuals experiencing menstrual disorders from 84.1% to 16.9%. By providing dedicated time for rest and self-care during menstruation, we can alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms associated with menstruation, leading to pain-free and regular menstrual cycles.

3. Understanding the Menstrual Phases:

Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative goes beyond just taking time off work; it encourages individuals to align with and honor the four distinct phases of their menstrual cycle. By understanding these phases - menstruation, follicular, ovulation, and luteal - individuals can optimize their energy levels, productivity, and overall well-being. Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative provides an opportunity to tune in with the body's natural rhythms and work with them, rather than against them.

4. Empowering Individuals: 

Menstruation should never be seen as a weakness or a hindrance. By implementing Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative, we empower individuals to prioritize their health and well-being, fostering a culture of self-care and self-compassion. When individuals are supported during their menstrual cycle, they can show up at their best, harnessing the strengths and resilience inherent in their bodies.

By recognizing the significance of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative and promoting awareness of menstrual health, we can create a workplace culture that values inclusivity, understanding, and support for all individuals. Let us embrace the concept of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative as a stepping stone towards a more compassionate and empowered society.

Promoting Awareness and Advocacy

Shifting the Narrative: Educating and Empowering Others

Creating a workplace culture that values and supports Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative requires a collective effort. It is essential to educate and empower others about the importance of rest and restoration during the menstrual cycle. By challenging societal taboos and fostering open conversations, we can break the stigma surrounding menstruation and advocate for policies that prioritize the well-being of menstruating individuals.

Educating Colleagues and Employers

Start by sharing your knowledge and personal experiences with colleagues and employers. Raise awareness about the physical and emotional challenges that come with menstruation, emphasizing the need for rest and support. Engage in open discussions to address any misconceptions or concerns, encouraging empathy and understanding.

Leveraging Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups that normalize and integrate the discussion of menstrual wellness can be powerful platforms for advocacy. By joining or creating such groups within your organization, you can collaborate with like-minded individuals to drive conversations, provide resources, and propose policy changes that support Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Radical Restorative. Encourage participation from all employees, regardless of gender, to create an inclusive and supportive environment.

Partnering with Human Resources

Collaborating with your organization's human resources department is crucial in implementing and normalizing Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative. Share research and case studies that demonstrate the positive impact of rest and restoration on productivity and employee well-being. Advocate for inclusive policies that provide Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative as a standard benefit for all employees, regardless of gender identity.

Engaging in External Advocacy

Extend your advocacy beyond the workplace by engaging with external organizations and platforms that promote menstrual health and wellbeing. Participate in discussions, conferences, and events centered around Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative and menstrual equity. By amplifying your voice and supporting initiatives that champion menstrual wellness, you contribute to a broader movement towards a more inclusive and therefore more uplifting, sustainable, productive, healthier, and understanding, society.

Promoting awareness and advocacy is a crucial step in creating a workplace culture that embraces Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative. By educating and empowering others, challenging taboos, and advocating for policy changes, we can normalize the concept of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative and prioritize the well-being of all individuals. Together, let us work towards a future where rest and restoration during the Menstrual Phase are recognized and supported, empowering individuals to thrive in all aspects of their lives.


Implementing Menstrual Leave: Creating a Supportive Work Environment

Creating a supportive work environment where Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative is recognized and valued requires a shift in mindset and company policies. Here are some steps to consider:

1. Company-wide Awareness and Education:

Educate employees and management about the importance of menstrual health and the benefits of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative. Provide resources and training to foster understanding and empathy.

2. Policy Development:

Develop clear and inclusive policies that outline the provision of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative for all employees. Ensure that the policy is communicated effectively and accessible to everyone.

3. Flexibility and Accommodation:

Require flexible work arrangements during menstruation, such as work from home options or adjusted schedules, to accommodate individuals' needs. This demonstrates a commitment to supporting employees and their well-being.

4. Providing Supportive Resources:

Offer resources like heat pads, pain relievers, and menstrual hygiene products in the workplace. This shows that you value the comfort and health of your employees during their menstrual cycle.

5. Creating a Safe and Open Dialogue:

Encourage open conversations about menstruation and create a safe space for individuals to discuss their needs and concerns. This helps break down stigma and fosters a more supportive work environment and improves employee retention (see Medium interview between Christine Marie and workplace well-being thought leader, Karen Mangia)

6. Employee Feedback and Evaluation:

Regularly seek feedback from employees regarding the effectiveness of Menstrual Leave policies and accommodations. Adjust and improve policies based on this feedback to ensure continuous support and improvement.

By implementing these steps, you can create a work environment that supports and uplifts individuals during their menstrual cycle, allowing them to manage any challenges and embrace their full potential.

Remember, Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative is not a luxury; it is a necessity for individuals to prioritize their health and well-being. Let's continue to advocate for the recognition and normalization of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative, creating a workplace culture that values and empowers all individuals. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of empowered women (people born with a uterus). 

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Next Steps, Getting into Action

In conclusion, embracing the concept of Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative is crucial in recognizing the importance of rest and restoration during the menstrual cycle. While the name "Menstrual Leave" can be misleading, as it suggests an exceptional circumstance and optional leave, reframing the conversation and promoting awareness of menstrual phases can lead to a healthier and more understanding approach to menstruation.

By understanding the hormonal cycle and the body's natural energy flow, we can better appreciate the need for restoration during the menstrual phase. Providing dedicated time for self-care through Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative not only enhances productivity but also prioritizes the well-being of individuals with a uterus.

It is essential to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Menstrual Leave, addressing concerns about fairness and equality. By celebrating the unique strengths and abilities of individuals with a uterus, we can create a workplace culture that values rest, space, and grace for all.

In renaming Menstrual Leave as the "three-day restorative," we eliminate the perception of it being an optional benefit and emphasize that it should be an expectation for all employees. Regardless of gender, everyone's body requires restoration, and by prioritizing self-care, individuals can leverage their physiological strengths and make a positive impact in the workplace.

Let us support and encourage one another in embracing Menstrual Leave / the Three-Day Restorative as a non-negotiable practice. Together, we can create a culture that values and prioritizes the well-being of all individuals, ultimately leading to a more empowered and thriving workforce.

About the Author Christine-Marie Quigless

Christine Marie Quigless, developed a pragmatically driven, zero-substance, which = zero-risk, solution, to eradicate pain, PMS, and symptoms of Graduated Period Problems through her proprietary system, Fierce Gentleness™ . The results of her work on herself (She is Case Study 3: endometriosis diagnosis, ovary removal, debilitating cramps, extremely volatile PMS) and her clients prove that the womb is not broken, just out of balance, so we balance it and up-level our lives in the process. Once we leverage the power of our periods, they become our unfair advantage in every facet of our lives--living our way into multi-purpose-driven lives and cultivating resilience in the process starts (literally) within.

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