Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You’re more likely to go with the flow and accept unexpected changes—like bad weather impeding your commute or a surprise visitor showing up. Credit goes to rising estrogen and testosterone, which amp up your mood—making you more flexible—and ability to think faster—so you can come up with creative ways to adapt to the new circumstances.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Studies show that this is the week of your cycle when you’re most likely to stray from your mate, or at least do a little flirting and fantasizing. High testosterone is amping up your sex drive to record levels and high estrogen is putting you on the lookout for a strong, health, virile guy who might be up the task of fertilizing your egg during ovulation in case the one you already have isn’t it.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Even though plunging estrogen is making you feel less chatty, rising progesterone—a hormone that makes you feel more sentimental and fosters connections between you and others—may give you the urge to connect with old friends or family members who you haven’t spoken to in awhile or with whom you’ve had a falling out. Just be sure that the people you reach out to are worth re-connecting with and that you’re not opening a can of worms that were thankfully closed once already. (And, yes, I’m totally guilty of reopening that worm-filled can!)
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Let go of your need to be a perfectionist today. Plunging estrogen is giving you a short fuse. Plus, it’s taking the shine off your focus and memory and is making you less coordinated. Not a great combination if you’re trying to do your absolute best on difficult projects, like cake decorating or desk building (seriously, how do the manufacturers fit so many pieces into one tiny box?). Cutting yourself a little slack by expecting the icing to be a little messy or the desk drawer to be a little crooked will help you get through the task with less irritation. (Can you tell I’m looking at my own self-built crooked desk right now?)