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Periods and perspective. Just a little something Sydney-based musician Rainbow Chan taught us during our open conversation series. Rainbow opened up about her period self-care rituals, embracing PMS and how being off the pill has allowed her to appreciate her period and see it in a whole new light.

How would you describe your period in a few words? 

Moody, tired, soft, resilient.

When did your first start learning about periods?

I started learning about periods before I even got it. I have two older sisters and come from a family of four girls - so it was always around.

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How did you feel about getting it?

I guess I was both apprehensive and fearful, but when it did happen, I just carried on.  

What’s your relationship like with your cycle now? 

It’s definitely changed. I was on the pill for a bit and then I came off it and the feeling of having it properly again, in a more natural and organic way… I just love the bodily, visceral quality of it. Now that I’m not so fearful of it, it seems like a nice marker of time for me. I know it’s a monthly thing, so it keeps me really inside my body and more aware of my days. It explains why I feel the way I do at certain times of the month. 

I know it's coming when...

Sometimes leading up to it I get really emotional when I look at videos of cats or animal documentaries.  I just get super overwhelmed at how beautiful the world is (laughs). That’s when I know it’s coming. 

How do you deal with PMS?

I guess we kind of laugh about PMS or getting emotional and moody. But I think it’s actually really amazing to let yourself be so open and vulnerable and feel all of those feelings when it does happen. You kind of become heightened in a sense and see things in new detail when you’re in that state. Sometimes it’s annoying and hard to manage, but I think overall it’s only natural and we’ve got to embrace it right? 

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What are some of your self-care rituals?

Comfort foods, staying warm and allowing myself to do nothing. Lying down and just reading a really slow book and… it’s cliche but having a bath with candles and listening to Frank Ocean (laughs).

How does your cycle affect the way you create music?

When I’m making music, my period is bound to coincide at one point - I just roll with it. I don’t think about it - it’s just in the background.

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If you are experiencing pain or discomfort during your period, don't just put up with it. Speak with your GP or chosen women's health practitioner to make sure everything is ok.
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