Which week are you on in your cycle?
Week 1First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You have the potential to get a jump-start on the week thanks to rising estrogen and testoterone, which ratchet up your brain power…so long as you don’t fall prey to rising hormone urges to get distracted by fun time-devourers, like Facebook, texting, shopping and Bejeweled.
Week 2Day 8 to Day 13Today’s hormonescope: Today you may be dreaming big as high estrogen and testosterone amp up your ambition and optimism. As a result, you may be imagining the novel you could write, the business you could launch or the hottie you could land. Take advantage of today’s high hormonal confidence and energy to take the first steps toward reaching your goals so you can turn your dreams into a reality.
Week 3Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Last week, high testosterone had you more comfortable leading the pack. This week, lower levels of testosterone plus rising progesterone make you more comfortable being a team player. Others will appreciate your willingness to hear their opinions and share the credit for a job well done.
Week 4Day 23 to the end of cycleToday’s hormonescope: Plunging estrogen may trigger anxiety or frustration when you make a mistake. Now a study out of the University of Toronto Scarborough reveals an easy way to get past the error and move on: think about your spiritual beliefs. Brain scans show that spiritual thoughts decrease activity in the anterior cingulate cortex—an area of the brain that governs how tense you get when making an error—helping you take setbacks in stride and feel less stressed about them.
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