Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: As another new month begins (is it July already???), you may be thinking of all the projects you’ve started and haven’t finished and, worse yet, all those you want to start and haven’t gotten to yet. That’s because rising estrogen and testosterone stir up your desire to get things done right here right now, so you feel like jumping on these unfinished tasks asap!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may find yourself thanking someone profusely for a relatively small or routine favor, such as giving you free extra whipped cream on your frappuccino, bagging your groceries for you or picking up a pen you dropped. Why? High estrogen is boosting feel-good chemicals in your brain, which amplifyies your positive response to nice deeds.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely have more sympathy for others today, for instance, a glum pal who’s having a tough time or a coworker who thinks she’s losing her job. Your rising progesterone is bringing out your nurturing instincts and lower levels of estrogen make it easier for you to focus on other people’s emotional needs than you had during the first two weeks of your cycle.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Help out a friend who you think is having the wool pulled over his or her eyes, for example, by a dentist who says she needs extensive and expensive dental work (coincidentally at the same time the dentist just closed on a new condo) or by a pushy home security salesperson who’s convincing him to drop thousands on a new security system when you know competitors cost a fraction of the price. Plunging estrogen is making you see the world a lot more clearly, which makes it harder for people to dupe you into believing their hype.