Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Feeding your senses become more important to you during this week and next as rising estrogen sharpens your taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell. As a result, you may want to pick up products and feel them before you purchase them, use bold-scented candles, incense or potpourri in your home or redecorate your workspace so that simply looking at it makes you feel calm, energized or inspired.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Woe to shift worker neighbors and migraine sufferers who are within hearing range of you. Your high estrogen and testosterone have you wanting to crank up your tunes super-loud and sing to them even louder.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: If you’re in the first half of your Week 3, you may have trouble sleeping and feel achy, crabby and a little blue. That’s because plunging estrogen and testosterone put you in your “pre-PMS” phase, which is like a dress rehearsal for the real PMS in Week 4. If you’re in the second half of your Week 3, then estrogen and testosterone rise, putting the kibosh on pre-PMS. Along with rising progesterone, this trio should make sleep deeper, quiet aches and even out your mood for a few days until PMS hits in Week 4.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may need to push yourself to apply for a dream job, sign up for a new class or join a social group. Plunging estrogen is bringing down brain chemicals that make you feel confident about your skills and personality. As a result, you may feel like you’re not good enough or that you’ll totally make an ass out of yourself by trying. To overcome this, first remember that plunging estrogen is casting a negative light today, which makes you see things as worse than they really are. Then, try to recall all the times when you did try something new and it worked out great.