We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana Drahos and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dana, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the past, my life looked something like this: Wake up at 5am to “rise and grind” on my side hustle before my day job, then stay up until 1am after work again working on my side hustle.

I almost never remembered to drink any water, ate meals devoid of nutrients, drank away all the stress, was constantly fatigued and bloated. I’d work through the weekends and was convinced that taking any time off to relax was “lazy” and “unproductive.”

It took me a while to decondition myself from this thinking. It was only when I found out that we can align our life around our menstrual cycle to optimize energy and productivity did it all start to click.

The working world is currently set up to accommodate men and the way their bodies function. We’ve been taught we must “hustle” to get anywhere in our business. But with the proper knowledge, guidance, intention and communication, we as people who menstruate can learn to work WITH our cycle rather than AGAINST it. When we do this, we create balance in our lives that is rooted in our cyclical nature, eliminate PMS and period pain, AND have success that actually FEELS GOOD.

What balance looks like to me now is planning out my business tasks a month in advance, according to the four different phases in my menstrual cycle. In each phase, we have different “superpowers” such as creativity, intuition, productivity, and communication. During my period, I take a #bleedcation, where I don’t schedule tasks that require a lot of energy. It’s a time for me to reflect and dream big. Because I take this intentional rest time, I’m able to show up with my “cup full” for my clients and projects in other phases of my cycle.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I help womxn re-connect with their innate body wisdom, eliminate PMS and period problems, and align their life with their menstrual cycle for optimal energy.

I struggled with debilitating period pain, chronic fatigue, bloating, mood swings, and depression from birth control side effects. I was on birth control for so long that I felt a sense of “numbness” in my body and emotions. I felt completely disconnected.

Once I started intentionally eating, exercising and working in a way that honors my cyclical nature and doing rituals and practices to come back in to my body, I felt so ALIVE. I wanted to share this with others.

We’ve been brought up to believe that painful period cramps and drastic mood swings are “normal” and “just part of being a woman.” Often times when we go to the doctor complaining of these problems, we are prescribed the birth control pill, which ends up causing even more problems and does not address the underlying root cause of our issues.

What sets me apart is I take a holistic approach with my clients- looking at their diet, exercise, lifestyle, and stress factors in order to uncover the underlying root causes. Then, we make targeted adjustments.

In working with my clients, it’s not just about the physical stuff either. So much of our issues are physical manifestations of emotional pain lying beneath the surface. This is why we also do meditation, breath work, inner child healing, and dance to release stuck emotions and energy.

I’m most excited to CHANGE THE WORLD! The more womxn who heal and have this wisdom and tools, the more they can reach their highest potential. Plus, they’ll be able to pass down this wisdom to future generations so that they do not have to suffer like we did. Imagine a world where young girls do not experience PMS or period pain, and they feel completely free to discuss this topic, rather than feel shameful and embarrassed. This is what I envision and get excited about.

It has not been easy along the way. This is a fairly new concept and people are skeptical. It’s also hard for people to change their habits. They’re looking for a “magic pill” and easy solutions, when in reality this does take time and intentional changes. I’m learning to be patient and just continue to spread the word.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I actually am pretty new to this city! I just moved here in October. So far I really love Torrey Pines, I’ve been going there on the weekends to sit on the beach, listen to the waves crashing, and color in my adult coloring book. It’s so therapeutic!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shout out to Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom, whose book was incredibly empowering and packed with wisdom on how to nourish my body and honor my body’s cyclical nature.

Website: https://danadrahos.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dana.drahos/?hl=en

Email: dana@danadrahos.com

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