Biorhythms are natural fluctuations in the body. They govern many cycles, and demonstrate the mysteries of the human body. Through an understanding of biorhythms, you can predict the ease or difficulty of a given task, based on your place in the cycle. Learn how to graph your biorhythms, and you can predict your mental, emotional, and physical abilities for any given day, allowing you to save difficult projects for “peak days”.

The three rhythms that are most commonly used show variations in physical, emotional, and intellectual cycles. There may be other cycles, too, that add to our understanding. By learning how to graph biorhythms, you can ensure peak performance for all your tasks.

The Physical biorhythm is a 23-day cycle that measures your energy levels and overall physical health and endurance. During the positive phase, you feel powerful, with increased hand-eye coordination and resistance to disease. During the negative phase, the downward part of the cycle, you will have less energy. Illness may occur. If you need physical strength and endurance for work or sports, track your physical biorhythm.

The emotional biorhythm affects our nervous system. It also affects emotions – love and hate, joy and sadness. At the peak of this 28-day cycle, you will feel loving, friendly, and creative. On the low side, you may be irritable and negative, withdrawing from company.

The 33-day intellectual cycle influences your brain. It is responsible for mental alertness, memory, reasoning skills, and computations. At the peak, you will be brilliant – intelligent, able to understand new ideas and approaches. At the low phase, you may have profound difficulty grasping even seemingly simple concepts.

Other cycles also exist, with similar peaks and valleys. Compassion is on a 38-day cycle, while aesthetic awareness follows a 43-day cycle. There are even cycles for self-awareness (48 days) and spirituality (53 days).

These cycles start on the date of our birth, where we are at a mid-point. Many people swear that monitoring their biorhythms helps them lead a better life. Each cycle must pass through three “critical days”, where the cycle is passing from positive to negative (or vice versa). There is now statistical proof that you are more likely to experience an accident on these three days than at any other point in the cycle.

Historically, the ancient Greeks recorded early biorhythms – respiration, kidney activity, even the female menstrual cycle. They knew that these biorhythms affect us all. The Greek physician Hippocrates noted that people fluctuated between good and bad days, regardless of their health. Despite this ancient knowledge, the study of biorhythms went largely ignored by Western medicine until recently.

Biorhythm Chart. Courtesy Wikipedia.