Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You’ve got the urge to travel as fun-seeking, wanderlusting estrogen and testosterone rise today. To make your summer getaways more enjoyable, experts from The Menninger Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine offer these four tips: 1) Allow extra time for your departure and return. 2) Prepare for the “I wants” from kids (or your mate) by giving them their own souvenir money to decide how to spend. 3) Make time to unwind during your trip by scheduling a few hours with no activities. 4) Repeat to yourself, “I deserve a vacation” to silence any guilt about leaving people, pets or work behind.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: You may feel like you have the power of Thor today as high estrogen and testosterone pump up your energy and muscle strength. As a result, physically-demanding tasks—like installing a garden or running an extra mile—are a bit easier than during other weeks of your cycle.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, is putting you in a mellow mood. This makes it a perfect time to lounge around with the ones you love. For instance, invite your sister out for tea, head to a post-work movie with your best bud or simply chill on the couch with a pint of Chunky Monkey and the remote with your roomie. Believe it or not, these simple bonding moments will make you happier than if you got a raise, say researchers at University of Texas at Austin. In their recent 10-year study, participants felt greater satisfaction and well-being when they had strong ties to family and loved ones than when they had oodles of cash.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Bothered by premenstrual bad moods? Try taking a 30-minute nap between 1pm and 4pm. In a recent study, PMSing women who dozed in the afternoon felt more upbeat than those who simply relaxed for the same amount of time.