31 Oct Hormonology Guide to… Halloween Fun
There’s so much to do on Halloween—such as head to a party, hunt for ghosts, laugh at pets in costume and read spooky stories. So, which should you do? Try using your hormone cycle to help you choose! Here are the fun Halloween activities you’ll enjoy most based on where you are in your cycle….
First day of period to Day 7
Your Halloween activity hormonescope: Light-hearted!
Rising estrogen is lifting feel-good brain chemicals that make you want to have the kind of fun that puts a smile on your face. So, make time for silly stuff, such as joining a Halloween parade, hosting an extreme pumpkin carving contest or peeking at pets in costumes on YouTube!
Day 8 to Day 13
Your Halloween hormonescope: Boo!
High estrogen and testosterone have you enjoying a fright! So get tingles down your spine by watching a horror flick, going on a walking ghost tour or glimpsing real ghosts caught on videos haunting cemetaries, crossing desolate roads and spooking visitors at amusement parks at hauntedamericatours.com and scaryghostvideos.org. You’re also feeling super-social and chatty, so accept invitations to parties or throw your own!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Your Halloween hormonescope: Mellow!
Rising progesterone is making you a tad nappy and quiet. As a result, smaller, more intimate parties will be more fun for you than crowded, noisy bashes. Or you may enjoy simply staying home and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. You’ll also enjoy mellow fun, like reading spooky horror classics—like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Raven and Dracula—at Google Books or watching Halloween classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Your Halloween hormonescope: Mood boosters!
Plunging estrogen and testosterone making you sensitive to noise, crowds, smells and anything annoying. Plus, these downward-spiraling hormones are bringing down mood-stabilizing serotonin, which threatens to make you blue or irritable. So, it’s key to treat yourself well and avoid anything that you find grating, like a crowded, noisy parade or pub. Instead, focus on activities that are pampering, such as getting a Halloween-themed mani/pedi, baking ghoulish treats or spending time with your favorite buds. Another way to insure that your mood stays up: Send free Halloween e-cards! Research shows that sending pals holiday greetings—for instance, personalized, animated ecards from 123greetings.com and care2.com—gives you an instant boost in good feelings that lasts for hours, even days!
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