Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: If you’re in the first half of Week 1, you may notice that your energy is on the low side. Even though estrogen and testosterone are on the rise, which are hormones that normally give you pep, menstruation is making you drag as your body loses energizing iron. If you’re in the second half of Week 1, it’s a totally different story. By now, waning menstruation and rising hormones should be combining to give you the kind of zip that would make Apolo Ohno jealous!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: This weekend is about trying something new. A new movie, a new restaurant, a new nightclub. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are making you bored with the same old same old. And, good news! Trying something new actually ups your luck! According to research by psychologist Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., author of The Luck Factor, unlucky people get stuck in ruts while folks who attract good fortune regulary mix things up. Turns out, meeting new folks and trying new activities makes you more likely to hear about great opportunities—like a job opening, eligible bachelor, amazing shopping deal or school scholarship (which worked for me years ago when I flagged down a car on the highway to give the hunky driver my number and he ended up telling me about a full college scholarship for which I qualified—true story!).
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Sure, thoughts of sex are fewer and further between as rising progesterone quashes libido, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to cuddle with your S/O. Just the opposite! Known as the bonding hormone, progesterone has you enjoying hugs, kisses, caresses and other types of warm affection.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: With your powers of concentration on the downswing as estrogen and testosterone plunge, you may want to take extra precautions to avoid distractions while working if you want to get anything done before the weekend, for instance, turn off your text message and email alerts, turn off your phone’s ringer and hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door or chair.