Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: This is a great weekend for dusting off old toys that have been long forgotten. You know, the waffle iron you bought after eating Belgian waffles on vacation, the macrame kit you got because it reminded you of how much you loved craft projects as a kid and the bowling ball you treated yourself to when you bowled your best game. Rising estrogen is putting you in a mood for fun, and like most of us, you probably have a lot of untapped fun like these stored in closets and drawers around your home.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may be tempted to try something that is way different from what you usually do today. For instance, you might apply for a job that sounds interesting, but for which you have absolutely no qualifications, you may drag your friends to try a restaurant with a strange fusion menu that frightens even your most daring pals, or you could be tempted to give your phone number to someone who is the total opposite of what you’re looking for in a long-term mate.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Your concern about your appearances isn’t as high as it was in the first two weeks of your cycle as estrogen dips and progesterone rises. As a result, you may skip putting on makeup, tie your hair back rather than blow it out and see how long you can get away with wearing those cut-off sweatpants as shorts before anyone notices.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: During the first half of your cycle when estrogen and testosterone were high and making you feel optimistic and inspired, your focus was more on big ideas and the overall picture. Projects seemed effortless to plan, your mate seemed like the perfect person for you for the rest of your life and work or school was actually fulfilling. During the second half of your cycle, well, things have changed. Plunging hormones have you honing in on the details and, as a result, you’re taking a closer look at explosive budgets for projects, seeing that your mate’s shortcomings may mean a dumping is in order, and the aggravations at work or school cancel out their measly rewards. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on everything altogether. Instead, try to strike a balance between the over-optimist in you and the uber-pessimist by understanding that everything has upsides and downsides and a little flexibility may be called for.