Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: The start of a new month could wind up being a frustrating reminder of how behind you are in all the resolutions you made in January. That’s because, as estrogen and testosterone rise today, they amp up your ambition and desire to meet all your goals. Luckily, these hormones are also increasing your energy, focus and brain skills, making it easy to take the first step to finally making them all a reality.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: You may come up with new ways to earn extra income—for instance, by starting a home-based business, selling crafts on Etsy.com or trading in your old electronics for cash. Credit for the flashes of money-making genius come courtesy of high estrogen and testosterone, which pump up your brain skills, speed up your thinking and help you make connections you might have missed on days when your brain wasn’t working as swiftly.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, is putting you in a mellow mood. This makes it a perfect time to lounge around with the ones you love. For instance, invite your sister out for tea, head to a post-work movie with your best bud or simply chill on the couch with a pint of Chunky Monkey and the remote with your roomie. Believe it or not, these simple bonding moments will make you happier than if you got a raise, say researchers at University of Texas at Austin. In their recent 10-year study, participants felt greater satisfaction and well-being when they had strong ties to family and loved ones than when they had oodles of cash.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: The Tuesday doldrums may feel a bit worse due to plunging estrogen on this premenstrual day. Want a quick pick-me-up? If it’s nice outside, go for a walk. A recent study shows that just a few minutes in the great outdoors boosts your mood while staying indoors on a sunny day actually worsens it. Did the weather channel call for rain? Then indulge in a little of your favorite dark chocolate treat—it contains chemicals that work like an amphetamine on your brain, making you feel happier in seconds!