Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Week 1 is traditionally a week of new beginnings as rising estrogen and testosterone stir your energy and motivation. Want to feel even more inspired to get moving at work or school? Spruce up your workspace with photos, plants, artwork, awards or other personal effects. A new study out of the U.K.’s University of Exeter reveals that folks who personalize their workspace are happier and 32% more productive than those who don’t add personal touches.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High drama-loving estrogen and testosterone are making you have over-the-top reactions today. For instance, you may squeal loudly when spotting a killer sale, curse a blue streak at a car that cut you off or do your happy dance for all to see when you find forgotten cash in your jeans pocket!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: While Week 1 is about new beginnings and inspiration, Week 3 is about trying to keep the flame alive. Rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone sap your motivation and make you focus on the challenges of projects and to-dos rather than the rewards. You can overcome this hormonal slow-down by tackling tasks in small increments and remembering why you started projects to begin with.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen and testosterone plunge, you’re more self-reflective and less sure about your future. As a result, you could be thinking about decisions you made in the past or what may have happened if you took a different path or you may be tempted to look up exes on Facebook or Google ex-coworkers, school chums or bandmates to see how far they got in their careers.