Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Make time to see friends and family this weekend. Estrogen and testosterone are rising, which puts you in the mood to chat and connect with others.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: This weekend, high energizing estrogen and testosterone give you the potential to tackle a big project, such as cleaning out your closet, repainting the bathroom or shampooing the carpet. One tip: Make sure the project you pick can be finished before Week 3 starts. By then, rising progesterone will be dousing your energy, making big projects a big drag.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Ah, sleep. Some weeks it’s great, some weeks it’s lousy. This week, you get a mix of both: If today falls on the first half of your Week 3, anticipate some tossing and turning due to plunging estrogen, which decreases the sleep-regulating brain chemical serotonin. If today falls on the second half of your Week 3, count yourself lucky; the combination of rising estrogen (and subsequently rising serotonin) and sedating progesterone promise to give you the deep, restorative rest you crave.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Feeling blue due to plunging estrogen? Then hit the mall or do some online shopping. According to a recent study, feeling a little down makes you better at comparing prices, helping you snag better deals. An added plus: Shopping also boosts your mood by increasing levels of feel-good brain chemicals. So, by the time you get home, not only will you have lots of great steals to brag about, you’ll be feeling happier, too!