Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Use your energy wisely today. You may start out feeling as though you have the momentum to carry you through the whole day and into the evening. But, more likely than not, the loss of energizing iron during menstruation coupled with low (though climbing) estrogen and testosterone are going to give you a limited store of pep that peters out by mid to late afternoon. And burning through it all early on, for instance, by starting a physically demanding project or trying to get all your to-dos done at once, will drain all your reserves faster, making you lose power even earlier.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Get started on all the to-dos you didn’t get to during the lower hormoned weeks of your cycle. This week’s high estrogen and testosterone are making your energy and endurance peak so you can get more done. Not feeling the whoosh of pep? Then it’s a red flag that something is draining your fuel tank, for instance, you may have a vitamin deficiency, are eating too many sugary or fat-laden foods that slow you down, or are super-stressed about issues. Solve the energy-sapping problem and you’ll be back to enjoying a high hormone rocket boost once again.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: While everyone else around you may be griping about inconsiderate clods on line at the supermarket, the extra workload the boss laid on them (without extra compensation) or the burnt pizza being doled out by the crappy cafeteria, you’ll likely be taking on a silent Zen state today. It’s not that life’s little annoyances have totally stopped bothering you. Instead, your rising progesterone is making you quiet and sedate, so you’re less likely to voice your complaints.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Noise from crowds are louder. Smells from vending carts are stinkier. And people around you suddenly seem to have a lot more elbows and toes that jab you at every turn. No, the world hasn’t taken a turn for the worse. It’s just estrogen making you more sensitive to sound, smell and pain as it plunges this week.