Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re ready to tackle a nagging problem today thanks to rising estrogen and testosterone, which put you in a problem-solving mood and give you the optimism that a solution is close at hand. If you need help coming up with a great idea, try brainstorming with other women. In a recent study of nearly 700 people who were put in small mixed-gender groups and asked to brainstorm and solve problems, researchers found that groups with the most women came up with brightest ideas, reports the journal Science. Why? Women-dominated groups cooperate better and are more in tune with each other’s emotions—and that helps boost everyone’s thinking skills.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: As rising estrogen and testosteone lift your sunny attitude, you’ll be doling out more compliments today, say, to a co-worker for a job well done, your sweetie for picking up the milk or a passing stranger about her hat. And now a new study shows that not only do kind words to others make them feel good, compliments make you more satisifed with your life and more well-liked by others, reports the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Why? Highlighting other people’s strengths helps you see more of your own—and this makes you upbeat and optimistic, traits that draw people to you like a magnet!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may get hit with a case of the Monday blahs today as rising progesterone slows you down and makes it harder to get motivated. Need help getting started on a project? Try tackling a teeny tiny piece of it first rather than thinking about all the steps you have to do. Research shows that taking one baby step helps propel you to the next step, then the next one by making the task seem easier to accomplish.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen dips today, you’ll probably notice that you’re forgetting details, important dates and where you put your cell phone. Luckily, you can get a helping hand from free reminder websites, for instance, you can keep track of your to-dos and shopping lists with listhings.com, get reminders for birthdays, anniversaries, appointments and meetings at memotome.com and find your cell phone by making it ring at wheresmycellphone.com.
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