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Today’s Hormone Horoscope
You’re likely experiencing some of your heaviest menstrual bleeding today. As a result, you could be dealing with cramps and/or fatigue from low iron that occurs as you bleed, which has the potential to put a damper on your mood.
However, if you’ve got cramp pain under control and you’ve been eating plenty of iron-rich foods or taking an iron supplement to counter iron loss, then you’ve got rising estrogen on your side. As this hormone makes its slow climb upward during your Week 1, it helps clear away the clouds, giving you a sunnier, more positive outlook. As a result, you may notice more moments in your day when you’re upbeat, confident and motivated.
Your level of estrogen is climbing, however, it’s still on the low side. As a result, your memory, mental speed and verbal abilities are on the lower end of their spectrums, too.
To be clear, this doesn’t mean you’ll be close to a mental coma all day long. It just means that without high estrogen to add a little extra oomph to your brain skills, you’re going to need to put a bit more effort into doing all the mentally challenging tasks you need to tackle today.
Your energy is likely still at the ground-floor level—despite estrogen climbing. That’s because, even though this hormone revs energy and momentum as it rises higher and higher, it’s still relatively low today. Plus, you’re losing energizing iron as you bleed during menstruation.
To get your pep revved, opt for more iron-rich foods to restore your body’s level of this key energy-boosting mineral. And, when you need an extra dose of zip, try doing a stimulating activity that raises your heart rate—such as playing a fast-paced video game or sprinting down the hall.
If you’ve got menstrual cramps or period-related fatigue, you may find it’s easy to part with cash for anything that gives you a smile—such as a silly app, new music or fun game—as a way to boost your mood and distract you from discomfort.
If you’re single
With estrogen at low levels today, you’re probably more comfortable sticking close to home rather than going out to a café, mall or other spot full of singles to find romance. However, rising estrogen may be making you more optimistic that there’s someone special out there for you, which can motivate you to take love-seeking action right from your couch, for instance, by looking at profiles of cuties online or checking event calendars for upcoming book readings, political rallies and other functions where you might be able to meet someone new.
If you’re in a relationship
You’re tending to focus more on your partner’s positives rather than dwelling on the negatives as rising estrogen prompts a more hopeful, optimistic and forgiving mindset.
Sweeties who help keep menstrual cramps at bay (for instance, by rushing you a heat patch at the first sign of a wince) and help you conserve your limited energy (say, by carrying your books for you) earn extra kudos from you.
As your estrogen level rises during the first half of your cycle, it revs hope and motivation about projects you’re working on, making them feel more reachable and worth your time and effort. Even stubborn obstacles you faced in the past week or so may now seem easier to overcome.
In addition to the many projects you already have underway or that are on your to-do list, you may be thinking of all-new goals you want to take on. That’s because as estrogen rises higher and higher, it improves mental energy, motivation and ambition, making you want to get more accomplishments under your belt. As a result, today you’d likely enjoy tasks that involve laying down groundwork for new projects, such as coming up with ideas, schedules, teams and plans.
Comfort foods have less of a pull on you than they have in the past couple of weeks and you may find you’re gravitating toward lower-calorie meals and getting by with smaller portion sizes. That’s estrogen’s influence. As this hormone rises, it tamps down food cravings, reins in appetite slightly and strengthens your willpower to resist temptation, making it easier to adopt a healthier eating style.
You have the potential to get deeper, longer sleep thanks to rising estrogen prompting a higher production of sleep-promoting serotonin in the brain. However, if you’ve got stubborn menstrual cramps that just won’t ease up, they can keep you from getting that great sleep your hormones have in store. So, be ready with your favorite cramp-busters so you can cash in on those high-quality rising-estrogen zzz’s.
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If menstrual cramps are bugging you, try soaking a washcloth in warm (not hot) water and laying it on your lower abdomen. Researchers say warmth helps block pain signals as well as relax spasming uterine muscles that are behind menstrual cramp pain.
Research shows that during your period you excel at projects requiring spatial skills–the kind that allow you to rotate images in your head, say, when planning a new bedroom layout or putting together a model airplane. Why? When estrogen is low, it allows your testosterone to dominate—and this is a hormone that improves your spatial skill ability.
Today’s Hormone Horoscope
Barring any of the usual mood-crushers (such as dropping your phone in the toilet or sleeping through an important exam), the general trend for today is a positive mood, higher confidence, more hopefulness, greater extroversion, a bump in resilience and a craving for fun and new experiences all thanks to estrogen, which continues its upward climb.
This rising hormone is also making you more passionate, for instance, about ideas, a big project, love interest, hobby or even just hearing your favorite song on the radio.
You tend to put more effort into how you dress, do your hair or wear your makeup. But, impressing folks with your appearance isn’t the only way you’re capturing their attention. You’re also breaking out the charm by being the friendliest, funniest and most fascinating person in any room.
It could be difficult for folks to keep up with you today as rising estrogen is like a battery charger for your brain: You’re absorbing and comprehending new information more easily, remembering more facts, figures and names thanks to a keener memory and thinking up more great ideas and convincing arguments on the spot.
On top of all these heightened brain skills, you’re more verbally nimble, which makes you more persuasive when trying to get someone to adopt your point of view or give you something you want.
If you’re not being blocked by a major energy-zapper (like stress, illness or pulling an all-nighter), you’re on course for a high-energy day thanks to rising estrogen, which revs your physical and mental vigor and stamina. This makes it a good day to tackle a big task that requires a lot of oomph or long hours to accomplish.
You’re in the mood for fun as estrogen rises—and this can mean splashing out more on activities, games, music and other entertainment or buying tickets for trips, concerts and other types of experiences.
If you’ve got a savings goal, for instance—maybe you want to buy a bass guitar—you’ll be better at keeping spending in check now than you will be during the second half of your cycle. As estrogen rises it improves willpower, helping you keep your more important money aim in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to spend.
If you’re single
As you get closer and closer to ovulation, your desire to find a romantic partner increases with your estrogen level. As a result, you may double your efforts to track down that special someone.
Recently met someone new? There’s a chance you could become convinced you’re head-over-heels in love with the cutie—even when you don’t know much about the person. What’s happening is that rising estrogen is fanning the flames of your romantic feelings by prompting a higher production of feel-good brain chemicals that get churned out when you’re attracted to someone. So, before declaring your undying love, consider getting to the know the person a bit more first.
If you’re in a relationship
You’re up for passion, excitement and over-the-top romantic gestures (either giving or receiving) as estrogen climbs. You’ll be bored by the same old things you’ve done before, so you may suggest some unusual activities for you and your sugarpie to try together, such as square dancing, entering a Scrabble competition or getting tickets to a haunted house.
The passion you’ve had for a pursuit you enjoy is likely to grow due to rising estrogen, which is prompting the flow of feel-good brain chemicals whenever you work on—or even think about—your goal.
But, if you’re stuck working on tasks you don’t like today, it’s still a tad easier to get through them with rising estrogen on your side. This hormone is helping you find ways to make the tough parts easier and the boring parts a smidge more fun.
Tasks you excel at today are those that require eloquence, a sharp memory, lots of enthusiasm and an ability to think quickly on your feet and come up with lots of ideas. You’ll probably also enjoy anything that gets you away from your usual school, home or work setting and involves meeting new people.
You’ve got a desire to break out of boring ol’ food habits, surprise your palate and, perhaps, add more heat to a dish than you’re used to. That’s because rising estrogen can make you restless and daring. At the same time, this increasing hormone is also enabling you pick up more flavor from foods and it’s helping your brain produce more happiness-boosting chemicals when your tongue detects deliciousness.
Anytime during the first half of your cycle is optimal for launching a new eating regimen (for instance, cutting back on sugar or adding more vegetables to your daily diet) or for reducing calorie intake. When your body’s level of estrogen rises, it improves your commitment to healthy food goals and helps keep cravings in check.
Rising estrogen is helping you fall asleep faster and get deeper, longer sleep tonight. And that’s a good thing since you’ll need your rest with all the extra activity you’re fitting in now that a higher level of this hormone is increasing your daytime energy.
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Find something delicious, exotic, complex or beautiful to sniff. Rising estrogen sharpens your sense of smell, helping you detect—and enjoy—subtleties in aromas of all sorts.
Get moody, irritable or blue during your premenstrual week (the week leading up to your period)? Research shows that regular aerobic exercise—such as jogging, biking or swimming—can reduce these bothersome premenstrual symptoms! It may be because it rebalances out-of-kilter hormones and/or triggers a higher production of brain chemicals that boost mood. And, good news, the first half of your cycle is a great time to start a new exercise regimen—or recommit yourself to an old one—since rising estrogen is pumping you full of pep and motivation!
Today’s Hormone Horoscope
The mood-elevating and sedating effects of rising estrogen and progesterone combine to give you the potential to be relaxed, mellow and the calm in the center of any storm.
You also tend to be quieter, a bit introspective and are likely preferring some alone-time or hanging out with close friends or family over attending any loud, crowded event.
You’ve got safety on your mind as progesterone rises, so you’ll be prone to avoiding risky activities, like skateboarding down Dead Man’s Hill or going sky diving.
If you’re sensitive to rising progesterone, you could get down or weepy at times as a result of something sad you’ve read or seen or totally out of the blue.
The proverbial fog continues to roll into your brain as high-and-rising progesterone does its best to slow your mental energy. You’ll find that, compared to Week 2 of your cycle when estrogen was high and progesterone was low, it’s more of a challenge to brainstorm, absorb new information, recall facts, figures and names and speak without tripping over your tongue.
Naturally, this doesn’t mean you’re going to be worse at your school, on projects or at your job or that people will wonder if you’re suddenly speaking Esperanto. But, it does mean you’re going to need to put more effort into brainy tasks and rely on other ways to juice up your noggin, such as staying hydrated, eating healthy meals, getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep and exercising.
As your progesterone level continues to go up, up, up, your energy level continues to go down, down, down. That’s just the way this hormone works because it has a sedating effect on you.
Because of this slowdown, you’re probably doing everything just a bit slower—such as talking, walking and typing. So, if you have appointments, classes or meetings today, you may want to allot yourself more time to get ready for them to make up for this sluggishness.
Also key: When choosing activities for today, you may want to stick to those that end early since you may conk out far sooner than your usual bedtime.
In general, rising progesterone is making you more cautious about your spending, so you tend to splurge less on unnecessary and high-priced items.
However, this same hormone is making you absolutely weak at the knees when you spot a delicious food or decorative item, pushing you to have it at any price.
If you’ve been pondering a money dilemma—for instance, whether you have the time to take on a part-time job—today is ideal for coming up with an answer. A combination of rising estrogen and progesterone helps you see the situation in a realistic light—so you’re not being too hopeful, expecting miracles, nor are you too pessimistic, anticipating abject failure. This helps you carefully examine the benefits and limitations, helping you make the right choice.
If you’re single
Your desire to seek out cuties is on the low side as high progesterone quashes romantic urges. But, if anyone has a shot at winning you over, it’s sensitive, cooperative, caring types who think the idea of going cupcake shop-hopping, hanging out at the movies or doing another high-comfort/low-key activity is the idea of perfect date since this is the type of mate—and date—progesterone has you preferring.
Note: If you go on a first date today, keep in mind that progesterone can make talking feel like a chore and it’s more difficult for you to get excited about someone. So, if your date seems to have potential, but you’re unsure if there’s a spark, make a second date for another week in your cycle to double-check.
If you’re in a relationship
The combination of rising estrogen and progesterone is generally making you feel positive about your honey. And, you’ll feel even better if your sweetie volunteers to do all your house chores for you so you don’t sap what’s left of your dwindling Week 3 pep.
You may feel like you’re just going through the motions at school, on a personal project or at work, forcing yourself to complete what’s necessary to do. That’s a side effect of high progesterone, which tends to dash motivation and enthusiasm.
The key point to remember is that this lack of momentum doesn’t necessarily mean that your class, project or job isn’t worthwhile or you’ve permanently lost your love for it. This dip in inspiration is likely temporary—and once progesterone starts dropping later in your cycle, you may notice your interest increases once again. So, do whatever you can to push through this low-drive phase, for instance, by picturing the rewards or benefits you’ll enjoy once it’s completed.
You’ll be tempted to serve yourself larger portions, snack in-between meals and give in to yearnings for ooey, gooey, crunchy, yummy tempting treats. Cast a guilty—and hungry—finger at rising progesterone. This hormone amps up appetite and cravings throughout your Week 3.
When choosing meals, snacks or beverages, there’s a higher likelihood you’ll go for options you’ve had many, many times before. It’s another effect of rising progesterone, which makes you more comfortable sticking to foods you know well.
Keep snacks nearby if you get bouts of low blood sugar, often characterized by unexpected agitation, loss of energy or mental fogginess. Some women can become more sensitive to dips in blood sugar during the second half of their cycle due to progesterone.
You’re on track to get the kind of snooze that sleeping pill companies hate. That’s because the combination of rising estrogen and progesterone is making you drowsy and relaxing you, helping you drift off faster and sink into luxuriously deep stages of sleep.
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Steer clear of scary movies and alarming news stories that are accompanied by graphic photos. Research shows that during the second half of your cycle, progesterone makes frightening images stick in your memory banks longer.
You may have more negative dreams during your Week 3 and Week 4 because your hormones make you more prone to the blues, stress or worry on these days. To up your odds of having dreams that are more positive, try placing a bowl of fragrant potpourri by your bedside (far out of reach of curious pets and young siblings) or dabbing on your favorite essential oil before turning in. Research shows that breathing in pleasant aromas as you sleep makes you more likely to have dreams with happier storylines.