My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen and testosterone rise, they boost brain chemicals that make you feel more confident about your work, school, kids, home, gorgeous hair, whatever you like most about your life. And, according to a new study, these prideful feelings affect your shopping habits, making you gravitate toward beautiful shoes, clothes, jewelry and other items that make you stand out in a crowd, reports the Journal of Consumer Research.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel like tackling a home fix-up project this weekend thanks to high estrogen and testosterone, which give you the oomph to take on a big task and the optimism that you really can learn to lay wood floors, refinish furniture, rewire a lamp, fix a leak or install windows in two days. Before you launch your home DIY, first try finding out if it’s realistically doable by a novice and how much you’d actually be saving (if anything) by doing it yourself by logging onto diyornot.com, which compares the cost and time involved by a do-it-yourselfer vs. hiring a professional.

Week 3
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.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Cut yourself some slack today. Plunging estrogen is making you more self-critical. As a result, you may get annoyed at something you said or did or because your hair didn’t come out just right. Make yourself feel better by acknowledging that descending hormones are making you more sensitive to your own mistakes. Then remember that we all make them, too, even on our best days.

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