Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel like more great opportunities and good fortune are coming your way today. And you have your homones to thank! As estrogen rises, it makes you more open to new experiences and meeting new people—both of which have been shown to increase your chances of attracting (and jumping on) lucky breaks.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You have a secret crush on your mind today as high estrogen and testosterone boost your desire to enjoy those head-over-heels in love (or at least in lust) feelings! Are you in a relationship? If so, research shows this is the week of your cycle when you’re most likely to be unfaithful, or at least fantasize about cheating. Unhappy in your relationship? If so, a recent study shows that you’ll be even more attracted to masculine faces and brawny muscle than women who are happier with their mate!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: It’s a great day to do any kind of exercise, such as walking, biking or swimming. The combination of estrogen and progesterone amp up your body’s fat-burning machine, helping you melt up to 30% more fat than during the first half of your cycle. If you take advantage of this fat burn and overdo it, there’s a surprising way to avoid achy muscles: drink milk! It contains a perfect mix of proteins and carbs that help decrease muscle damage that causes soreness, reports the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Women are more prone to ruminating than men, research shows. Unlike many guys who have the charming ability to turn their emotions on and off like a light switch, we tend to churn over issues, problems, insults and irritations in our minds till we drive ourselves crazy. I bring this up because, as estrogen nosedives this week, you’ll be more inclined to torture yourself with ruminations about issues big and small. Luckily, there’s a pretty simple way to get out of your own head and stop the revolving-door thought process: distract yourself. Studies shows that going to the movies, shopping, dancing or doing anything else that pretty much stops you from thinking slams the brakes on ruminating so you can let go of the issue and destress.