My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Keep your eye on the clock around 8 a.m. today and every day of Week 1 and Week 2. Research shows that you’ll feel like you have more time than you really do during this phase of the day, which can end up making you late to work, school or important events. Blame goes to hormones, which make your body clock run slower at certain times of your cycle.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Be careful about being unrealistic today. Rising estrogen is boosting your optimism and, while that’s generally a good thing, too much of anything can end up being not so awesome, for instance, when assuring a pal that a complicated problem she’s facing has a quick and easy solution, when promising to devote time to helping someone even when your schedule is already overflowing or when putting a down payment on expensive furniture, electronics or a car with the hopes that you’ll somehow be able to come up with the rest of the cash when it’s due.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll be doing a bit more yawning today as rising progesterone makes you slow and sleepy. Luckily, you can have a little fun with your yawns: If someone “catches” your yawn and starts yawning, too, it’s a sign that they can empathize easily with others and are more prone to consider others’ feelings, British researchers recently found. And if someone doesn’t yawn? You guessed it—they’re less empathetic and are less prone to consider other people’s feelings. Fun fact: Some dogs yawn in response to people yawning!

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You have the opposite problem of Week 2 gals; your plunging estrogen and testosterone make you see the world slightly less rosy than it really is. As a result, you may have to guard yourself against acting too pessimistically, for instance, when telling a pal that her relationship has no hope of surviving her boyfriend eating the last Mallowmar, when throwing your whole printer in the trash just because the ink cartridge got stuck or when deciding to delete your entire blog because you were sure no one was reading it.


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