Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You have more patience while putting together furniture, reading instructions, mapping out a new route and figuring out a computer program than you did last week. Credit goes to rising estrogen and testosterone, which sharpen brain skills needed to learn new information fast and give you the resilience to get past minor setbacks without losing your cool.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Good luck thinking about anything other than the hottie in the office, the cutie in the coffee shop or the gorgeous piece of eye candy on your commute. High testosterone has your libido raging and high estrogen is making you want to flirt up a storm!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: I say this regularly and it bears repeating: Today’s combination of progesterone and estrogen makes your body burn up to 30% more fat when you’re active. Better yet, this fat-melting effect lasts all through Week 3 and for most of Week 4. So, go biking, take a brisk walk or work up a sweat by scrubbing the heck out of your tub!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Sure, you know that today’s plunging estrogen can trigger irritation and anger. That’s because this hormone brings down mood stabilizing serotonin as it plunges. But, that’s not all bad news. Fact is, a just-released study in the journal Psychological Science reveals that anger motivates you stop procrastinating and go after what you want! So, this makes it a good day to take the first steps toward changing jobs, renovating your bathroom, starting a dream vacation savings account or doing anything else you’ve been meaning to do, but keep putting off.