Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: If you’re hoping to get work, house chores or errands done this weekend, be realistic about how much will really get done. Rising estrogen is like your dorm mate bugging you to go box sledding/beer bonging/skinny dipping just one more time. As a result, you may be easily lured away from boring to-dos by way more fun things.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Don’t be surprised if you end up yelling at the TV, complaining to the manager about a rude waitress, telling someone who cut in front of you to get to the back of the line or confront anyone else who’s ticking you off. High estrogen is making you more quick to stress out and pumping up your verbal velocity and high testosterone is making you bold and impulsive. This is a finger-z’ing, head wiggling combo if there ever was one.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Thanks to rising progesterone, you may feel a bit like a beach ball full of sand today as water retention puffs you up and constipations weighs you down. Luckily, you can beat both at their game and feel more like your old self with easy tips: Shed excess fluid by sipping dandelion tea, which has a mild diuretic effect; and get your sluggish digestive system moving with fiber-rich foods (grains, veggies, fruit), water and olive oil.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Be careful of casting a negative light where none exists. Plunging estrogen and testosterone are lowering brain chemicals responsible for a sunny, optimistic view. As a result, you may interpret someone’s glance, a meeting change or email as being insulting to you personally when it really isn’t. Before jumping to conclusions and taking action, get another opinion from a friend or family member.