Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may be in a gift-giving mood as rising estrogen and testosterone combine a desire to shop with a desire to build strong bonds with others. On a budget? Great news: A Stanford University study shows that most folks prefer small gifts that have more meaning—like a bouquet of their favorite flowers or a picture frame with a photo of you and your pal in it—than an iPod, jewelry and other pricey pressies.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: This is the weekend to experiment in the bedroom (or back seat of the car, on the kitchen counter…). High testosterone is fueling your libido and it’s making you more confident about how you look and about trying fun, sexy, new things.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, may make you feel like it’s time to take a break, retreat from the world and be lazy after a stressful week. If lazy isn’t an option due to school, work or family commitments, try treating yourself to quiet times, for instance, by brewing a cup of tea, reading a few pages of a book or taking a well-deserved nap.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Plunging estrogen and testosterone may make you bit worried about money as they bring down your confidence about finances. Ironically, research shows this might lead you to actually end up overspending. That’s because you could feel that you’re so far under water, spending more won’t make much of a difference. Truth? If money’s tight, stemming the spending tide now can help you later, so try to resist the urge to buy stuff you don’t need, consider working on a budget and log on to billshrink.com to find ways to cut down your expenses.
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