Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You may want to make sure a bathroom is always in walking sprinting distance. As progesterone bottoms out this week, it’s triggering the release of extra fluid your body retained during the premenstrual phase so you’re heading off to pee more frequently than usual.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: If you’re a longtime of this column, then you already know this is the week that peaking estrogen and testosterone make you feel happy, energetic, chatty, social, the works. But, what if you’re not feeling the high hormonal love and are, in fact, feeling blue, tired or irritable? It’s likely a sign that something’s wrong, for instance, you’re dealing with a difficult issue, you’re not sleeping well, you’re not feeding yourself healthy foods or you’re overdoing it on the way unhealthy ones. My advice if you want to bask in this week’s high hormone good feelings and pep: pinpoint your problem, then try to fix it. After all, once estrogen and testosterone drop at the start of Week 3, you’ll have to wait a whole month to tap into these amazing peaking hormone feelings again.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: As sedating progesterone makes you less antsy, impulsive and distracted by Facebook than last week, you can harness this somber tone to put your nose to the grindstone and power through your to-do list today.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Problems may seem more overwhelming and difficult to solve today as plunging estrogen brings down levels of confidence-building serotonin. Before giving up or caving in, try talking with a friend or family member who is known for their listening and advice skills. Can’t figure out which is the best person to lean on? Listen to the sound of their voice. A recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE reveals that folks who speak in a melodic sing-song way tend to be better listeners and more empathetic than those who sound more monotone.