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: I always look forward to Week 1. To me, it feels a little like New Year’s Day, with rising estrogen and testosterone providing plenty of hope and optimism that I’ll finally get to all those projects and to-dos that I didn’t get to in the last hormone cycle. And, truth is, when you harness all that rising hormone energy and enthusiasm of Week 1 and Week 2, you really can conquer To-Do List Mountain!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll hear me often recommending that you take advantage of Week 2’s high hormone brain skills, verbal eloquence, energy and confidence to try things you normally wouldn’t during lower hormone days, like asking your boss for flex-time, applying for a loan to start a small business or asking out a cutie you’ve been eyeing. However, there is one downside to doing high-flying acts on high estrogen days: You may stress out about it. That’s because estrogen intensifies and prolongs your body’s natural stress response. You can thwart it with slow breathing, visualizing a calm place or listening to soothing music. But, even if you can’t tamp down the anxiety completely, try going through with your plans, anyway. Once you’ve accomplished them (and gotten what you want!), the stress will melt away and you’ll have lots to brag about to your friends!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: It may be harder to pick a color for the new couch, decide on a restaurant for lunch or help a friend choose between two date outfits. That’s because rising progesterone is giving you a case of the blahs, which makes it harder to get inspired or muster enthusiasm about not-so-important matters.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen and testosterone descend, they lower chemicals in your brain responsible for self-confidence. To boost yours back up, try sitting or standing up straight. In a recent study, folks who perfected their posture were more confident in their job performance and ideas than when they slumped, reports the European Journal of Social Psychology.
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