Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You’ll be spending more time on Facebook and Twitter, chatting on the phone, gossiping with pals and even striking up conversations with strangers in line in the supermarket. Your urge to gab comes courtesy of rising estrogen. As this hormone climbs, it makes you want to talk and connect with others.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: This Saturday the weather forecasters say it might snow in my area. Now, this is a little surprising since I live in Florida. You know, the land of sun, beaches and palm trees. But, this recent spate of wild weather passing through North America makes practically anything possible. I bring this up to you, Week 2 gal, since the high estrogen and testosterone in your body during this week of your cycle also give you the potential for something out of the ordinary to happen. That’s because these hormones are making you more impulsive, daring and optimistic that the outcome will be a-okay. So, perhaps you’ll be bold enough to walk up to a total hottie on the street and introduce yourself? Gather up the gal-pals and jet off on an impromptu Vegas vacation? Or show up at the door of an old friend just to say “hi”? I’m just throwing suggestions out there. But, only you know what secret wild plan has been brewing in you that’s now a perfect time to act upon.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: If you take advantage of the January sales (which research shows offer the biggest discounts all year), research shows you’ll be more drawn to household items and products that feature cutesy images, like kittens, puppies and chubby babies. Turns out, the progesterone that rises this week of your cycle brings out your nurturing instincts, which prompts you to make your home more comfy-cozy and makes you more attracted to cherubic cutey-patooties. So, if you end up bringing home a throw rug with an image of a kitten in a teacup on it, you’ll now know why.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Last night as I tossed and turned in bed, I was reminded of all the ways a premenstrual gal develops near super-power senses that keep her up at night, for instance, the power to be able to see a streetlamp shining through a closed window shade, feel the tiniest wrinkle in a bedsheet, smell a stinky sweatsock from behind the laundry room door and hear a cat whisker drop from 1000 yards away. Sometimes, it seems like the whole world is conspiring against you to get some zzzz’s. So, knowing that your premenstrual ultra-sensitivity to light, touch, smell and sound may rob you of much-needed sleep, make sure to do everything you can to avoid interruptions (which I will be sure to do tonight, I promise you), such as making sure the room is completely dark (research shows that even light from a digital clock can wake you up), being more comfortable by wearing your least pinching pjs and putting on your softest sheets, banishing bad odors by airing out your bedroom and getting earplugs to escape the noise of snoring mates and nocturnal pets.