Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel like revisiting New Year’s resolutions that may have lapsed or have the potential to soon. That’s because rising estrogen is motivating you to reach goals and is making you feel more optimistic that you’ll succeed, which is giving you a second wind toward putting in extra effort. Need help from a support group to make your dream a reality? Log onto supportgroups.com, which offers free online support groups for dozens of personal goals, such as losing weight, quitting smoking and kicking caffeine, which are filled with folks seeking the same result who are willing to provide encouragement, guidance and tips.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may find yourself in a panic over a big presentation, job interview or test today due to high estrogen, which intensifies your body’s reaction to stress. Now the good news: There’s an easy way to zap anxiety and perform your best: grab a pen and paper and take a few minutes to write down what’s worrying you about the task right before you have to do it. In a University of Chicago study, students who did exactly this before a big math exam scored five percent better than they did on a practice test while those who didn’t write scored 12% worse! The link? Writing gives you a way to unload your anxieties before a pressure-filled task, which frees up brainpower and restores working memory that get depleted when you worry, explains lead study author Sian Beilock, Ph.D.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Your credit cards get a breather today as plunging estrogen and testosterone curb impulsive and high-ticket spending. Unless, however, you see a cute pillow, yummy-smelling candle, perfect picture frame or another item that will spruce up your home. Then rising progesterone, which amps up your urge to feather the nest, will be prodding you to totally splurge.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Quality sleep will be hard to come by tonight due to plunging estrogen, which depletes your brain of sleep-regulating serotonin. As a result, you may find it hard to fall asleep, wake up easily or simply toss and turn without getting any deep zzzs. To up your chances of better sleep, try keeping your bedroom cool, wear comfy pajamas and warn roommates, family members and pets to keep the noise down since plunging estrogen makes you more sensitive to sleep-robbing discomfort and sounds.
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