Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You may feel the urge to high-five yourself for a job well done, a bill paid off, a successful day of dieting or another accomplishment. As estrogen and testosterone rise, they amp up your excitement level, which brings out your inner cheerleader.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: If you pay close attention to your mood, you may notice that you’re humming, smiling and feeling all-over terrific at some points during the day for no particular reason. And, if you’re really lucky, you’ll be hit with bursts of euphoria seemingly out of nowhere. Credit for the natural high goes to peaking estrogen and testosterone, which trigger a steep rise in feel-good brain chemicals all week long.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: If it’s the first half of your Week 3, your day may be dotted with bouts of irritability and frustration as estrogen plunges, taking your good mood and patience down with it. If it’s the second half of your Week 3, it’ll be harder to ruffle your feathers as rising estrogen and progesterone put you in a mellow, calm mood that makes wasting energy on life’s little irritations not worth the trouble.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: It’s not that you become totally self-centered this week, but your focus is definitely on your comfort and care, for instance, you might change the TV channel to one you like when someone else is watching a show, you may take 10 minutes to readjust a car seat to get it to your liking when riding as a passenger in somone’s car, and you might switch on the a/c when everyone else is freezing. But, who can blame you? Plunging estrogen, testosterone and progesterone are putting you in a withdrawal-like state that results in down moods and makes you extra sensitive to physical discomforts.