Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You could end up getting a little bored at work or school today as rising estrogen amps up your craving for fun. As a result, it may be difficult to focus on the work at hand and resist the temptation to ditch those duties to go shopping, head to the movies or troll Facebook for hours at a time.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Go-it-alone testosterone has you feeling more independent. However, research shows that folks who make the most connections are luckier than those who have the least since great opportunities, new job openings and valuable information are often passed from person to person. The lesson here? Even if you feel a bit mavericky today, don’t pass up opportunities to meet and/or work with others. It could lead to exciting benefits down the road.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: This is the week when you’re more likely to remember to take your reusable bag to the grocery store, switch from flexitarian to vegetarian or make your favorite charity the beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Rising progesterone is bringing out your nurturing instincts, which makes you want to take care of others.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Plunging estrogen lowers the level of pain-masking endorphins in your brain, making the usual ouch-inducers—like jogging, breaking in new shoes or waxing—even more uncomfortable. To relieve the pain naturally, try slow breathing. Study volunteers who took in half as many breaths as usual felt significantly less discomfort when heat was applied to their palms than those who breathed normally, reports the journal PAIN. Slow breathing relaxes tenses muscles and eases anxiety, which make pain sensations more intense.