Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
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: According to a recent study out of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, you may make a risky choice regarding your career today–such as quitting a job suddenly, applying for a job that’s totally different from what you usually do, accepting a job that has high stakes attached to it (such as trading stocks or doing high-wire acrobatics) or starting your own business. According to the researchers, it’s because high testosterone is amping up your competitiveness, ambition and derring-do, which makes you more likely to move out of your comfort zone and do something totally different.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: If (okay, when) sedating progesterone makes it hard for you to rev your engines this week, try this easy energizing trick: Place a vase of colorful flowers by your bedside or in the kitchen. Folks who did just this in a recent study reported feeling an instant surge in pep and happiness that lasted all day long. Researchers say our brain is naturally wired to awaken at the sight of beautiful bouquets since our ancestors took it as a sign that fruit or other food-bearing plants were nearby.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Your challenge today will likely involve trying to stay in the here and now and avoid thinking about past hurts, irritations and annoyances. Plunging estrogen makes you a bit more introspective, plus it’s threatening to bring down your mood and optimism. Together this effect could have you tempted to revisit ancient history. When you start to notice it happen to you, try to consciously steer your thoughts away to a more positive topic, such as something you’re grateful for, a talent at which you excel or a wonderful event you’re looking forward to attending. This will help you avoid starting a negative spiral that plunging estrogen can make so much worse.
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