My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Here’s the conundrum for today: You’ve got more energy and stamina thanks to rising estrogen and testosterone. But, you’re also in the mood for fun. So, you may end up spending all that pep on projects that don’t really matter—like digging up dirt on exes, hunting down a new hair salon or driving around town looking for the matching knob for your dresser drawer—rather than applying it to work and knocking more items off your to-do list.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Be careful of biting off more than you can chew today with romance, work or money obligations. High estrogen and testosterone are whipping up your excitement and optimism, making you more likely to say “yes!” when perhaps you should say “maybe”. For instance, when a pal says she has the cutest guy to hook you up with on a blind date, ask about his past relationship history first (no need to jump from the frying pan into the fire with a guy who can’t sustain a relationship past three months, right?). Or if your co-worker asks you to help out with a project, think about your current (probably super-packed) schedule before agreeing to cram it with anything more. And when your roommate tries to convince you to go halfsies with her on a new flat-screen TV, think first about all the bills you’re still paying off…and the subsequent custody fight that ensues when roommates go halfsies on anything and then part ways.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Unlike Week 2 gals, you may be too cautious today as rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone urge you to play it safe. In your case, when you’re tempted to say “no way!”, think about saying “maybe” instead. For instance, if you see a posting for a job that pays great and is close to home, but is a little different from what you do now, consider sending in your resume anyway and use your cover letter to point out how your past experience would make you perfect for this new role. Or if you meet a new guy at a party and think he’s ho-hum, try him out on a date since he may be shy in a crowd, but open up when one-on-one. And if there’s a killer promotion at the car dealership that offers zero-percent interest for the life of the loan and no money down, instead of being scared off by the cost of a new car, consider that it may be worth trading in your old car whose warrantee has long expired for a new one that comes with a bumper-to-bumper warrantee since you’ll be saving on repair costs in the long run.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel frustrated today as problems you’ve swept under the rug during the first three weeks of your cycle rear their ugly heads like nobody’s business. You can either blame or thank plunging estrogen for highlighting your woes. As this hormone plunges, it reduces feel-good serotonin in your brain. And while this makes you more agitated about problems, thing is, it’s probably about time you addressed them, anyway. After all, if you stayed mum all cycle long and never tackled issues head-on, then your roommate would never be told to finally pay her rent on time, your sweetheart would never find out how much you hate his “Magic Meatloaf” dish he keeps surprising you with and your coworker would never learn that you actually don’t enjoy doing his work for him.


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