Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Sure, embarrassing things happen—such as bumping into a pole, breaking a heel or stumbling down the steps. Luckily, if they happen to you today, rising estrogen is upping your feel-good brain chemicals, which makes it way easier to laugh off embarrassments and quickly move on without too much fuss.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High testosterone is boosting your confidence. So take the opportunity to ask for something you want—for example, flex-time from your boss, money you loaned to a friend, or a neck massage from your sweetie (and not the chintzy five-second kind either).
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Feeling blue? If so, it may be progesterone’s fault. When this hormone rises, like it does today, it can cause a down mood in women who are sensitive to it. Other less sensitive gals will feel a general sense of calm. Regardless of your hormone sensitivity, you can perk up your mood by doing activities that increase feel-good brain chemicals, such as shopping, exercising, enjoying delicious food and watching your favorite TV shows.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Switch from coffee or black tea to green tea today. Caffeine is known to make premenstrual symptoms worse. However, going cold turkey can bring on headaches and irritability from caffeine withdrawal. Green tea gives you the caffeine your body craves, but in a smaller dose so it has less of an effect on PMS.