Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: With spring just around the corner and adventure-loving testosterone on the rise, you’ll probably be daydreaming about planning a great escape—for instance, to Vegas, Paris or Disney. Can’t wait for the weather to warm up to head off? Then check out the killer deals you can get on last-minute trips at Orbitz.com and CheapTickets.com.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: You’re more willing to be adventurous with your hair, makeup and clothes today. High estrogen and testosterone are making you focus on your outward appearance as they push you to land a man, or bed the one you already have.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: If you feel crabby or blue today, try nibbling string cheese, noshing on peanut butter and celery or dipping into a yogurt. Rising progesterone makes you hungrier this week; ignoring those hunger pangs can trigger low blood sugar, which can lead to anxiety or a down mood, while eating a protein-rich snack can keep blood sugar steady, which helps you stay upbeat.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast:If you feel the urge to cry over relationship problems, work stress or even a TV commercial, don’t beat yourself up over it. It’s just descending estrogen that’s triggering the waterworks. As this hormone plunges, it depletes your brain of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, which makes you more apt to tear up. The good news? Studies show that crying releases stress and boosts mood—making this an ingenious and easy way for your body to level out your emotions.