Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re more focused on the here and now than on long-range plans today as rising estrogen and testosterone easily fire up your excitement levels and make you less patient about waiting for rewards. How can this affect you? You may blow off work to go shopping even though you can do the same shopping after you’re done with your tasks, you may opt to schedule an overnight staycation rather than save up for a week-long trip someplace else or you may overindulge in fattening foods, alcohol, cigarettes or other “baddies” instead of turning them down in favor of preserving your health years from now.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: When someone asks you a question today, they should allot extra time for your answer—rising estrogen is making you chatty! Even more interesting: You’re using higher and lower notes all this week. Researchers believe this sing-song speech pattern developed as one of the many ways women woo men during their most fertile time of the month.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll get a sense of satisfaction when bundling up all your dirty laundry and finally getting all the wash done, scrubbing the bathtub till it’s bubble bath-ready, putting up the new blinds that have been sitting in the box on the floor for a year, quieting the nagging squeak in your front door, putting new photos in photo frames and doing anything else that makes your home neater and a more restful place to be. That’s because, as progesterone rises, it has a sedating effect that makes you less interested in doing exciting activities with others and it brings out your home-loving side, making you want to focus on feathering your nest.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Kick your inner perfectionist to the curb today. Plunging estrogen is making you less patient with others, but especially with yourself. And this means trying to live up to your (usually impossibly) high standards is a recipe for disaster. So, when a meal doesn’t come out quite like your Grandma made it, your painting doesn’t seem quite Picasso-like or your garden isn’t thriving like you’d hoped, try cutting yourself some slack and reminding yourself that it’s the trying that really counts.