Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: The day may start off on an energetic note, but you probably shouldn’t make late-night plans. While estrogen and testosterone are on the rise and giving you more energy than you had last week, these hormones are still relatively low, so your pep could end up petering out by early evening or even sooner if you have your period, which saps your body of energizing iron.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: You may feel like making an upgrade somewhere in your life, for instance, find a better job, better friends, a better partner or even just a better place to eat lunch. Why? High estrogen and testosterone are encouraging you to break old habits by amping up your desire to try something new and the optimism they’re giving you makes you certain that there’s something more worthwhile out there for you.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Sedating progesterone and lower levels of estrogen are making you smile a lot less than last week. You may not necessarily feel sad, but you’re just not as emotive as you were when estrogen was on the climb. Thing is, you may want to try to keep a smile on your lips today anyway. A new study in the journal Psychological Science reveals that women who were prevented from frowning with Botox injections perceived the world as a happier, more joyful place than before they got the shots. Turns out, keeping a smile on your face makes you less likely to pick up sad or angry cues around you that trigger negative feelings.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Guard yourself against a plunging estrogen bad mood by surrounding yourself with plants or flowers. Numerous studies show that simply gazing upon leaves, stems and buds excites parts of the brain that boost feelings of joy. Tip: Love the beauty and fragrance of spring hyacinths? Here are the easy steps to coaxing them to bloom indoors in winter.