Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: As estrogen revs up your urge do more, but bored with the to-dos already on your list, you may get the urge to organize something new—like a neighborhood crime watch, a knitting group, a closet system that makes it easier to find the clothes you need or a kitchen system that makes it simpler for you to cook.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: It may be harder to keep secrets today as high estrogen and testosterone has you just itching to gab about seriously juicy stuff! Can’t tell anyone you know, but gotta get it out? Write it down on a postcard or in an email and send it to PostSecret, which airs dirty laundry anonymously.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Have some spare time today? You might need it as chatty co-workers, neighbors or friends mistake your quiet head nodding as deep interest in what they’re saying and encouragement to continue venting about whatever’s irritating them now. They simply don’t realize that rising progesterone is making you less interested in venting about your own problems and that it’s making you too polite to simply walk away while they’re going on and on and on about theirs.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: If your neck of the woods happens to experience a glimpse of warm and/or sunny weather today, don’t miss out by staying indoors. A recent study shows that folks who went outdoors for at least 30 minutes on beautiful days leading up to spring felt a surge of happiness that lasted hours while those who stayed in actually got depressed! And, since plunging estrogen is already making you more likely to make you feel blue as it brings down mood-stabilizing serotonin, is this really a risk you want to take? Thought not. Don’t forget your coat!