Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: The rose-colored glasses of rising estrogen has you giving someone the benefit of the doubt today. Have your period? Then a rise in the “trust hormone” oxytocin, which is produced during menstrual cramps, boosts this temptation to believe something that perhaps you shouldn’t, like that you’ll get the money owed to you next week or that someone who says they’ll call will.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: If you’re a longtime of this column, then you already know this is the week that peaking estrogen and testosterone make you feel happy, energetic, chatty, social, the works. But, what if you’re not feeling the high hormonal love and are, in fact, feeling blue, tired or irritable? It’s likely a sign that something’s wrong, for instance, you’re dealing with a difficult issue, you’re not sleeping well, you’re not feeding yourself healthy foods or you’re overdoing it on the way unhealthy ones. My advice if you want to bask in this week’s high hormone good feelings and pep: pinpoint your problem, then try to fix it. After all, once estrogen and testosterone drop at the start of Week 3, you’ll have to wait a whole month to tap into those amazing peaking hormone feelings once again.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: As progesterone rises and estrogen reaches lower levels, you’re more reflective and, therefore, may be thinking back on the decisions you’ve made in the past month. Take the time to applaud the good choices you made. And avoid dwelling on mistakes by making plans to learn from them and fix whatever you can.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel a tad clumsy today—for instance, bumping into walls, missing door handles or tripping over your own feet. The reason? Plunging estrogen and testosterone are making you less coordinated and able to navigate the space around you.