Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Look for a free class at Home Depot, the library, your local crafts shop or on Craigslist. Or sign up to join a group, like a bowling league or knitting circle. Rising estrogen during the first half of your cycle is making you want to meet new people and try fun activities. And breaking up your old routine with new social events is proven to help you make more friends, find new business networking connections and rev your mood!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Have stress-reducers at the ready today, such as relaxing music, visualizing your happy place or meditating. High estrogen is amping up your stress response, making anxiety symptoms more intense and longer-lasting. In addition to stressing over the usual hand-wringers, like work, school and meeting your sweetie’s parents, you may also find yourself stressing about small issues, like getting someplace on time, or even issues that haven’t happened, but you can’t help but worry they could.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: This is a good day to deal with bills head-on, write up a budget and think of ways to save money. That’s because rising progesterone is making you mellow in the face of stressful issues like money. And lower levels of estrogen and testosterone are reigning in the spending you did during the first half of your cycle, making you want to work toward fattening your piggybank.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Feeling premenstrual irritability? Call a pal to vent! Numerous studies show that griping to friends or family about nagging issues helps relieve the frustration and boost the calming hormone oxytocin, making you feel better in minutes.