My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Take time today to shedule fun stuff to do for this week and next. As estrogen and testosterone rise during the first half of your cycle, they give you the urge to play hookie from work and spend your down-time doing something other than the same-old thing. Don’t have a lot of time to spare or are stuck indoors due to bad weather? No problem! There are lots of ways to entertain yourself during a mini-break, such as taking a virtual vacation at geobeats.com, travelistic.com and tripfilms.com, which feature hundreds of travel videos and photos of far-off distant lands, findig out what cookies, stews and other recipes you can make with ingredients you have in your cupboard right now by logging onto supercook.com, playing free games at bing.com/entertainment/games, doing puzzles at pzzls.com and thinkriddles.com or getting baffled by illusions at moillusions.com.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re feeling super-chatty today thanks to high estrogen, which amps up your desire to talk with others. And, great news: New research shows that 10 minutes of friendly conversation immediately improves thinking skills including short-term memory and the ability to focus, reports the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Why?  As you  gab with others, you automatically try to read the other person’s emotions and understand their point of view, which exercises your brain, the researchers explain.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Sedating progesterone and lower levels of estrogen are making you smile a lot less than last week. You may not necessarily feel sad, but you’re just not as emotive as you were when estrogen was on the climb. Thing is, you may want to try to keep a smile on your lips today anyway. A recent study in the journal Psychological Science reveals that women who were prevented from frowning with Botox injections perceived the world as a happier, more joyful place than before they got the shots. Strange as it sounds, the researchers say that keeping a smile on your face makes you less likely to pick up sad or angry cues around you that trigger negative feelings.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel like you’re in a fog, can’t remember the easiest details or drive a route you thought you knew like the back of your hand. You can place the blame squarely on plunging estrogen and testosterone. As these two hormones take a dive, they take those stellar brain skills you loved so much during the first half your cycle down with them.

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