Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Make plans to hang with friends, try new restaurants and find other reasons to get out of the house this week. As estrogen and testosterone rise, they’re making you more outgoing, sociable and interested in breaking out of boring ruts.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: During the first two weeks of your cycle, you’re more likely to transform problems and unexpected snags into challenges that you can meet. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are giving you the oomph and confidence to power through any sudden deadline and reconfigure plans to accommodate last-minute changes.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen are making you subdued and self-reflective, which makes it a good time to think about your life and issues—such as whether or not to return to school, consider starting a side business or take your relationship to the next level.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may be feeling blue or irritable today due to plunging estrogen, which drags down feel-good brain chemicals as it descends. For a quick pick-me-up, burn frankincense. This ancient sweet-scented incense releases incesole acetate, a compound that activates areas of the brain that erase depression and anxiety, report biologists from Johns Hopkins University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. What’s more, the effect lasts for hours, even days.