Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Rising estrogen is putting you in the mood to chat. And, that’s good news since a new study suggests that the more you talk with others—especially about topics that are meaningful to you, like your family, career or secret goals—the more upbeat you’ll feel. In the study, a research team out of the University of Arizona and Washington University in St. Louis monitored the conversations of study volunteers and found that the happiest folks spent a whopping 70% more time talking with others and had twice as many conversations about topics that were meaningful to them than the unhappiest participants. Feeling connected to others appears to be an important part of being happy, and having meaningful conversations helps foster a feeling of connection to others, explains study co-author Simine Vazire, Ph.D.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Some people may think you lack empathy today, for instance, you might say that a friend who’s complaining about something is just being a big baby or that a neighbor who hasn’t found a job in over a year isn’t looking hard enough. Why? High estrogen and testosterone is giving you a pull-yourself-up-by-your-boostraps mindset that makes it easier for you to brush off challenges and overcome obstacles, and it’s difficult to understand why other folks don’t feel the same way you do.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: The clock may seem like it’s dragging today as rising progesterone pulls down your energy, making you feel uninspired and a little bored. If you need help perking your energy back up, try going for a short brisk walk outdoors, which is proven in study after study to rejuvenate the mind and body by boosting blood circulation and providing a mental break.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: A project you were so sure about earlier in your cycle may not feel like it’s clicking today. Why? During the first half of your cycle, feel-good brain chemicals kept your optimism high, and now as estrogen plunges, you see problems you tried to ignore during those high estrogen days. But, you don’t have to give up the project altogether. Instead, you can use this “reality check” phase to address and fix these issues so that the project can be as successful as you hoped.