Your Inner Winter: A Deep Dive

Your Inner Winter: A Deep Dive

Welcome to the inner winter phase of your cycle. This is the phase you’ll likely know best – say hello to your period.

In this article, we'll explore how you might be feeling, how to spot the signs of this phase, and take a look at how a cup of Really Nice Tea Inner Winter blend can support you in this season. We also chat to naturopath Brooke Oke to get her take on what’s happening in your body and how certain ingredients can help to support you.

What is your inner winter?

Your inner winter is when you’re on your period. This marks the first day of your cycle and typically lasts 1 to 5 days. Your cycle might look a little different and can even change from month to month. For the purpose of this article, we’re following a 28-day cycle, but this may not be your experience and that’s okay.

What’s happening with your hormones in your winter phase?

Both oestrogen and progesterone levels drop, resulting in your womb's lining breakdown – hello, period! “As oestrogen and progesterone drop suddenly,” shares Brooke, “it is normal to feel more tired, insular and lethargic. It is also a time of relief for some and the start of another month of life, a process of cleansing and renewal.”

What’s happening in your body in your winter phase? 

Beyond the bleeding, in this phase you might experience cramps, headaches and you might find your energy is at its lowest point.

“Menstruation should be a time for us to rest and preserve our energy,” shares Brooke. “A lot of the time we try to push through and keep up with modern life and expectations however it is important to rest at this time so you don’t become depleted.”

What might be happening with your mood in your winter phase?

While some people may experience feelings of relief once their period comes, your energy levels are likely to remain low. Like the seasons themselves, your inner Winter might have you feeling more introspective and introverted, keen to nestle in at home and take some time for yourself. Don't push too hard during this time; rest is your ally to preserve energy.

Phrases to describe your inner winter

  • I’m craving some peace and quiet
  • Let me rest
  • I need alone time
  • Don’t make demands of me
  • Give me space
  • I want to feel safe and cosy
  • I’m not available to you right now
  • I’m feeling sensitive

Really Nice Tea’s Winter blend

Our Inner Winter blend has been lovingly crafted with these organic ingredients to support you through this phase:


  • Cinnamon bark
  • Lady’s mantle leaf
  • Red raspberry leaf
  • Stinging nettle leaf
  • Lemon balm leaf
  • Ginger root
  • Alfalfa leaf 

“Cinnamon, lady’s mantle, raspberry leaf and ginger are all effective antispasmodic herbs,” shares Brooke. “They can support blood flow to the uterus and reduce spasms = less pain and cramping. The natural side effect of less spasm can also be less bleeding, so heavy periods can become lighter and more manageable.” 

Take time for yourself

Your inner winter calls for you to slow down. And while life doesn’t always allow for that, there are small steps you can take to bring some ease to this phase of your cycle – a cup of Really Nice Tea being only one of them! If you have any concerns about your cycle, please speak to a trusted health professional.


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