Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: A problem that’s been nagging you seems easier to solve today thanks to estrogen and testosterone. When these hormones are on the rise, like they are today, they make you feel hopeful and more confident.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Today’s high estrogen is known to trigger major stress-outs. Unfortunately, new research shows that allowing stress to take over can worsen chronic health conditions. Want a quick-and-easy stress-buster? Think of something that’s important to you—for instance, someone you love, a talent you have or your passion for politics. According to a UCLA study, just a few moments of dwelling on whatever it is you hold dear is all it takes to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, stopping anxiety in its tracks.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may have your health or the health of someone you love on your mind today. That’s rising progesterone’s influence. Known as the “nurturing hormone”, it makes you feel more protective and concerned about safety.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Want in on the great back-to-school savings? Then hit up the mall during its slowest hours, say, Tuesday at 10 am. Plunging estrogen is making you more sensitive to scents (such as other women’s perfumes, the burning odor from the pretzel vendor or that weird industrial rubber smell at Old Navy), more annoyed by loud noise (such as screaming kids who can’t understand why July and August are the quickest months of the year) and less patient with yappy customers who talk your ear off on line and harried salespeople who aren’t getting paid nearly enough to deal with the crazed back-to-school crowds.