Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Good moods are more likely to strike today thanks to rising estrogen and testosterone, which boost feel-good brain chemicals (like serotonin and endorphins) as they rise. Want to feel even happier? When a good mood strikes, doodle! Or sing, scrapbook, knit or do any other creative activity. Channeling your inner artist while happy keeps a joyous mood around longer, reveals a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The reason? Being creative is fun, which gives you even more to smile about.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High estrogen and testosterone are pushing your energy into overdrive! Not feeling the energy boost? Then it might be a warning that something’s wrong. For instance, you might be low in iron or vitamins or you could be stressed about an unresolved issue. Find out the cause and you’ll be back on track to enjoying your high hormone peppiness once again.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You can expect the urge to munch on many, many, many fattening and carb-rich foods today. You can put the blame squarely on rising progesterone, which makes you crave energy-dense foods in case you got pregnant during ovulation in Week 2 and need to start eating for two. An easy way to quash the cravings: Take a walk! Just 10 minutes at an easy or brisk pace has been shown to decrease hormone-related food pangs.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may find it difficult to focus today as descending estrogen brings down your powers of concentration, making it easier to lose your train of thought.