Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Break out your favorite scented stuff today—such as bath bombs, moisturizers, perfume, candles and incense. Rising estrogen is sharpening your sense of smell, making you enjoy aromas of all sorts.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen and testosterone reaches its highs this week, you may notice racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating or an increase in nervous habits. The reason? When on the upswing, these two hormones act like coffee: one cup wakes you up, two cups gets your mind and body moving, three cups makes you feel like Superwoman, four cups puts you over the edge into nervous disaster. Some women are super-sensititive to this hormonal energy and, therefore, should probably steer away from caffeine and other stimulants; other women may barely notice this peppy rise.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Stash high-protein snacks in your purse, desk and pockets—rising progesterone is making your blood sugar crash more quickly, which makes you hungrier more often today. A few nibbles of a protein-rich foods—like nuts, string cheese or turkey jerky—will fill you up, keep your calories in check and stop you from blowing your lunch money on Funions and milkshakes.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Put your softest sheets on your bed, wear your most comfortable pajamas and make sure your bedroom is cool and odor-free tonight. All these will help combat the aches, pains and extra sensitivity from descending estrogen that can keep you tossing and turning at night.
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