Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may come up with silly ways to entertain yourself, such as devising a new game to play with your pet or thinking up a new drinking contest. Why? Rising estrogen is pumping up feel-good chemicals in your brain that make you put a priority on having fun!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Friends may want to keep a videocamera nearby: You’re a bit unpredictable and likely to do things that are risky and could end up winning them a bundle of money on a funny video show, like dancing on top of a bar…topless, practicing your cheerleader moves…after a 20-year hiatus, or deciding to finally install that new toilet…all by yourself. Credit (or blame) goes to high estrogen and testosterone, which make you super-impulsive and more optimistic than you probably should be about the outcome of whatever you do!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: An issue you were unconcerned about in Week 2 of your cycle (such as losing a job, breaking up with your partner or not getting into the school of your choice) may be harder to deal with this week. The reason? Lower levels of estrogen and testosterone put a damper on the confidence that helped you shrug off the problem. Plus, rising progesterone makes you more instrospective and, therefore, more likely to dwell on the setback.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel a little out of sync with the world around you today: The traffic isn’t moving at the pace you prefer, people are more boisterous than you wish they were, even the food isn’t coming out the way you like. What’s going on? Plunging estrogen is making you more sensitive to your surroundings while bringing down your patience when things don’t go exactly your way. To avoid losing your cool, remember that most people aren’t trying to annoy you on purpose and that your hormones are exaggerating the negative side of things. Then promise to treat yourself to a favorite TV show, book, food or other goodie for getting through whatever’s bugging you. Looking forward to a reward will bump up sagging feel-good brain chemicals, helping to boost your mood no matter what the situation is!
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