My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re more open to change today as rising estrogen makes you more adaptable. That change might involve watching a new TV show, talking to a stranger or signing up for a class. Or it could involve change in yourself, for instance, tweaking your personality to be a different kind of person you always wanted to be, for instance, a social butterfly or less of a perfectionist. If that’s your goal, then a new study in the Journal of Personality suggests that you create the change you want my simply mimicking someone you know who has those traits, such as a friend or family member. And you won’t regret it! The study shows that acting like the person you wish you really were helps you be more true to yourself, which makes you happier and more self-assured.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High estrogen and testosterone make you more likely to experience intensely happy moods. And while that’s a good thing, a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows it can also wreak havoc with your health! The reason? Feeling super-happy makes you more impulsive, which makes you more likely to eat “naughty” foods, smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or try any of the other usual baddies.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll be happier sticking with things you know and love, like food, drinks, people, places, driving routes, than trying something new today. That’s because rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testoterone have you preferring to play it safe and make familiarity comforting. This hormone combo is also making you more likely to find fault with new experiences, for instance, the new food doesn’t taste like you hoped or the new folks you hang out with turn out to be annoying. 

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Channel your emotions through creativity today, for instance, by writing, doodling, singing, playing guitar or painting. Plunging estrogen and testosterone can make you feel a bit on edge, down or frustrated, and letting out your inner artist can help you shed negative feelings and prevent them from popping up in the first place by boosting feel-good brain chemicals that pump up your mood.

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