Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: I always look forward to Week 1. To me, it feels a little like New Year’s Day, with rising estrogen and testosterone providing plenty of hope and optimism that I’ll finally get to all those projects and to-dos that I didn’t get to in the last hormone cycle. And, truth is, when you harness all that rising hormone energy and enthusiasm through Week 1 and Week 2, you really can conquer To-Do List Mountain!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: It’s a perfect week to pitch a new idea to your boss, make an important call, attend a networking event, run for office, ask for business funding or do anything else that requires master persuasion skills. High estrogen and testosterone are sharpening your verbal and cognitive abilities, making you more eloquent and quick-thinking than you are during any other week of your cycle.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: You were super-eloquent last week, but this week is just the opposite. Rising progesterone has you throwing in a few more “ums” and “ahs” than usual, making it hard to remember the exact word you want to say and even making you utter embarrassingly wrong words instead. Have an important meeting or phone call today where you need stellar verbal skills? Take a moment to think about exactly what you’re going to say before you say it. Not only will this help combat progesterone’s verbal problems, research shows that slow talkers who pause actually appear more thoughtful and intelligent that speedier chatters.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: As estrogen and testosterone descend, they lower chemicals in your brain responsible for self-confidence. To boost yours back up, try sitting or standing up straight. In a recent study, folks who perfected their posture were more confident in their job performance and ideas than when they slumped, reports the European Journal of Social Psychology.