Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re more focused on the here and now than on long-range plans today as rising estrogen and testosterone easily fire up your excitement levels and make you less patient about waiting for rewards. How can this affect you? You may blow off work to do go shopping even though you can do the same shopping after you’re done with your tasks, you may opt to schedule an overnight staycation rather than save up for a week-long trip someplace else or you may overindulge in fattening foods, alcohol, cigarettes or other “baddies” instead of turning them down in favor of preserving your health years from now.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: I remember a quote Madonna once gave in an interview, gosh, it must have been way back in the ’80s. She said that she was an equal opportunity flirter; she flirted with men, women, grandmothers, pets, plants, you name it. She couldn’t help herself. I bring this up because high estrogen and testosterone will make you also find it irresistable to flash your wit and charm at virtually anyone nearby.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Unlike Week 1 gals, rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone have you focused more on long-range goals rather than immediate gratification. As a result, you’re more likely to put in extra hours at work to make sure deadlines are met before going out and having fun, you’re more likely to save up for a long dream vacation than splurge on a mini getaway and, while it may be hard to resist fattening foods due to rising progesterone’s cravings, your health is on your mind so you may take extra precautions (such as not smoking or not going overboard with alcohol) to ensure that you’re not raising your risk for health woes years from now.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Kick your inner perfectionist to the curb today. Plunging estrogen is making you less patient with others, but especially with yourself. And this means trying to live up to your (usually impossibly) high standards is a recipe for disaster. So, when a meal doesn’t come out quite like your Grandma made it, your painting doesn’t seem quite Picasso-like or your garden isn’t thriving like you’d hoped, try cutting yourself some slack and reminding yourself that it’s the trying that really counts.