Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Rising estrogen is making you more concerned about how the outside world views you. As a result, you may spend more time picking out an outfit, buy a teeth whitening kit or try out a new mannerism that you think makes you look more feminine.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may seem a little jumpy today as high estrogen and testosterone amp up your energy plus your response to stress. As a result, you may get easily spooked by someone coming up behind you or get a racing pulse when the phone rings.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll probably find yourself getting lost in daydreams today as rising progesterone slows your thinking and has your brain going on auto-pilot more frequently than in the past two weeks. Luckily, research shows you can still get a lot of work done while daydreaming. Turns out, when you let your thoughts wander, your brain connects different ideas together to help you come up with creative solutions to nagging problems.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Tears may suddenly well up in your eyes while watching a sad movie, reading the news or for really no reason whatsoever. The reason for the cryfest? Plunging estrogen is bringing down mood-stabilizing serotonin. Now the good news: Research shows that letting out a few tears over anything or nothing at all is a proven stress reliever that makes you feel brighter in seconds.