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: If it’s the first half of your Week 1, use your energy wisely: You may start out feeling as though you have momentum that will carry you through the whole day and into the evening. But, more likely than not, the loss of energizing iron from menstruation coupled with low (though climbing) estrogen and testosterone are going to give you a limited store of pep that peters out by mid to late afternoon. If it’s the second half of your Week 1, you’ll feel a surge of energy that’s longer-lasting. It may even be a little too much, triggering a racing heart or the jitters till your body gets used to the extra oomph.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Get started on all the to-dos you didn’t get to during the lower hormoned weeks of your cycle. This week’s high estrogen and testosterone are making your energy and endurance peak so you can get more done. Not feeling the whoosh of pep? Then it’s a red flag that something is draining your fuel tank, for instance, you may have a vitamin deficiency, are eating too many sugary or fat-laden foods that slow you down, or are super-stressed about issues. Solve the energy-sapping problem and you’ll be back to enjoying a high hormone rocket boost once again.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Week 3 can be a pretty tricky week mood-wise: If it’s the first half of your Week 3, you may feel cranky and blue due to what I call “pre-PMS”, a phase where estrogen and testosterone dip for the first of two times in your monthly cycle, triggering symptoms similar to regular PMS, only shorter and less intense. (By Week 4, estrogen and testosterone dip for the second time in your cycle, triggering true PMS.) If it’s the second half of your Week 3, estrogen and testosterone rise along with progesterone, making you feel mellow and calm. Unless you’re sensitive to progesterone, in which case you may feel a bit weepy. But, the irritation should be gone, so that’s something to enjoy!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Trust hunches you get—those gut feelings will be more on target today. The reason? Research shows that, whether you realize it or not, as estrogen plunges, it makes you pick up on more details around you. So, when you get a feeling about making a certain decision, it’s really your subconscious putting all those details together, helping you choose the best path!
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