Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: I’m the first to admit that I love it when my estrogen and testosterone rise—see Week 2 for all the fun things they bring. However, when these hormones first start to rise in Week 1 after falling so far in Week 4, you could end up feeling a few side effects as your body readjusts, including loose stool or diarrhea, frequent urination, headaches, acne, flare-ups of chronic health problems, dizziness and/or a racing heartbeat. Luckily, if you’re bothered by any of these symptoms, they usually start to subside by mid-week so you can enjoy all the fun benefits these rising hormones bring.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: This is a day that is full of potential and possibilities thanks to high estrogen and testosterone. They’re amping up your mood, energy, confidence, brain skills and flirtatiousness. Take advantage of these hormonal influences and you could nab a new project at work, book a dream vacation, score a fun date or, well, do just about anything you want.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Minor irritations about your home that you ignored the last two weeks—like the leaking faucet, peeling paint or mismatched sofa pillows—start to irk you this week. Why? Lower levels of estrogen make you less patient with little problems and rising progesterone is making you focus more on matters concerning your home.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: If you feel that plunging estrogen is threatening to spoil a good mood, try taking a walk outside. A brand-new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology reveals that it takes just five short minutes of strolling in a park, garden, nature trail or other green space to raise your spirits. Past research shows that being surrounded by trees, flowers, water and other natural scenery is an instant stress reliever and helps distract you from work, school and day-to-day worries. But, this is the first study show that this mood lift occurs after just a few minutes, making it as easy happiness-booster for even the busiest gal.