Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: New research shows that rising estrogen during Weeks 1 and 2 of your cycle makes your brain get a bigger buzz from pleasurable activities than during the second half of your cycle. This makes things like shopping, smooching and eating chocolate even more fun today.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: When estrogen and testosterone are as high as they get today, they make you enjoy doing activities on a whim and make it easy for you to shift gears when plans suddenly change.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel the urge to nap today due to sedating progesterone. Go with it. Studies show a 10-minute power nap in the afternoon will re-energize you so you can last through the rest of the day.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Trust hunches you get—those gut feelings will be more on target today. The reason? Research shows that, whether you realize it or not, as estrogen plunges, it makes you pick up on more details around you. So, when you get a feeling about making a certain decision, it’s really your subconscious putting all those details together, helping you choose the best path.