Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re more likely to take things in stride and go with the flow if plans change today. Folks who ask for a different appointment time, restaurant or activity can thank your rising estrogen for your a-okayness with the switcheroo. As this hormone climbs, it boosts feel-good brain chemicals that help you overcome unexpected snags and rebound quickly.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High estrogen and testosterone make you more apt to get swept up in the excitement of a sports game, party, juicy gossip, sale and other high-intensity event. But, beware: this effect can also make you easily swept up in other things you should probably give a little more consideration to, such as agreeing to donate time or money you don’t have to a high-energy non-profit organization recruiter, adopting a pet from an exuberant SPCA volunteer or agreeing to host an excited friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner at your cramped apartment.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Your credit cards get a breather today as impulsive spending goes down along with plunging testosterone. Unless, however, you see a cute pillow, yummy-smelling candle, perfect picture frame or other item that will spruce up your home. Then rising progesterone, which amps up your urge to nest, will be prodding you to buy them by the cartload.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Try to avoid impulsively making big, permanent changes to your appearance today, like chopping seven inches off your hair or getting a tattoo. Plunging estrogen may make you frustrated with the same-old same-old, prompting a desire for a drastic change, but it’s also lowering feel-good brain chemicals, which can result in you totally not liking the new you. If you still want to make the change in Week 1 and Week 2 when estrogen is on the rise, then go for it. The climbing hormone will make you happier with the results. Or at least help you come up with creative ways to fix them if they don’t turn out like you hoped.