Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: During this week and next week, rising testosterone is making you feel more independent. As a result, it won’t be as important for you to wait for friends to find free time to accompany you to a movie or restaurant since you’re just as happy to go alone and you’re more comfortable going solo on projects at work or school.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: I often say to myself that there is a “Morning Gab” and a “Night Gab” and Morning Gab is always starting projects that she leaves for Night Gab tasks to finish, even when Night Gab is always too tired to finish them and then always leaves them for Morning Gab to do the next day (you can see why I get so little done!). Well, there’s a similar pattern going on with your cycle. Your “First Half of Your Cycle You” may be tempted to start long projects that she expects “Second Half of Your Cycle You” to finish, totally ignoring the fact that Second Half of Your Cycle You is usually bone-tired from rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone to actually finish them. My point with all this crazy talk? Avoid piling too many long-term projects on your to-do list or give yourself longer deadlines since you may not have the oomph to power through them once Week 3 rolls around.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: You may find yourself zoning out today as rising progesterone puts you in a daydreamy state. Luckily, research shows that daydreaming helps you come up with brilliant ideas and inventive solutions by activating areas of the brain that help you build connections between random facts and figures.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: You may be tempted to buy little items that boost your mood, like a cup of gelato, a new purse or summer sandals. Go ahead indulge, since small treats help build up feel-good brain chemicals that sag as estrogen plunges this week. Just be careful not to go overboard since the ensuing guilt and stress can put the kibosh on any positive feelings these treats gave you.