Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re going to get an extra kick out of jokes, comedies, someone accidentally bumping into a pole and any of the other usual laugh-inducers. Credit goes to today’s rising estrogen, which boosts your feel-good serotonin and endorphins—brain chemicals that amp up your sense of humor.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may notice that you’re exhibiting more nervous habits and tics today. High estrogen and testosterone are pumping up your pep and estrogen is amplifying your stress response. This combination makes you more likely to chew your nails, twirl your hair, tap your feet and do other little movements that expel all that extra energy.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Today can be pretty productive for you. That’s because calming progesterone is making it easier to focus on work and ignore distractions. What’s more, lower levels of estrogen make you less curious than you’ve been in the past two weeks, which means less Facebook surfing, fewer phone calls and maybe even a few “Not now, I’m busy”s.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel down, irritated or blue today as estrogen, testosterone and progesterone plunge. Luckily, these negative feelings aren’t a constant; they merely pop up now and then and tend to blow over in just a little while. Keeping this in mind when a bad mood strikes can help you get over them sooner.