Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Your curiosity is piqued thanks to rising estrogen, which heightens your interest about the world around you. As a result, you may get sucked into news stories or websites that have fascinating information, but aren’t really helping you get any work done. Or you may feel the urge to find the answer to a question that randomly pops into your head, such as how a Ouija board works (you’ll find out when you use a blindfold) or why “light as a feather, stiff as a board” makes people float (let me save you some time: no one can agree why).
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may end up treating yourself to a new shoes, a designer purse, a fun gadget or another pricey purchase today. The reason? High testosterone is boosting how powerful you feel, and a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that folks who feel powerful spend significantly more on products for themselves than those who feel like they’re lacking in power.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Rising progesterone may make lazing around doing nothing more strenuous than punching buttons on the remote pretty appealing as its sedating effects slow you down and tire you out. But, truth is, you’ll be happier if you pick something—anything—to do instead of nothing, such as knitting, reading, even cleaning. That’s the news from a just-published study in in the journal Psychological Science that found being idle makes you bored and antsy, which can quickly sour your mood.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may find it more difficult to absorb new information than you did during Weeks 1 and 2. That’s because plunging estrogen takes the shine off of brain skills. If you need to memorize facts for a test, meeting or presentation, there’s an easy way to help your brain retain the information: study in the same place each time, such as your bedroom, the library or cafe. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that your brain’s memory centers work more efficiently when they aren’t distracted by new environmental details.