Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may get swayed by other people’s opinions or salespeople’s sales pitches. The reason? Rising estrogen and testosterone make you more easily excited, plus they’re making you more open to trying new ideas and products.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: 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 hormonescope: You may end up running late today as rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, slows you down and keeps you from getting to appointments, meetings and lunch dates on time.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Try to cut yourself some slack today. Plunging estrogen is bringing down your confidence. As a result, you may get frustrated with your clothes, your makeup or your hair even though you look perfectly fine. To rise above your worry over your appearance, try remembering the wonderful aspects of your personality (your kindness, how you always make time to talk to people, your generosity), which most people value way more than your appearance any day.
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