Trouble focusing? Must be Week 2

/Trouble focusing? Must be Week 2

Trouble focusing? Must be Week 2

focus1Noticed that at certain times of the month your thoughts flit from one subject to another, making it difficult to focus on a single topic at a time? You were probably in Week 2 your cycle, which starts 8 days from onset of your period. That’s the news from researchers at Concordia University in Canada whose study published in the journal Brain and Cognition shows that peaking levels of estrogen—which occurs during the second week of your cycle—makes it harder to concentrate and absorb new information.

So, what can you do to sharpen your focus during your high-estrogen days? Try practicing mindfulness meditation daily. This easy technique, which involves sitting still with your back straight while gently focusing on your breath, has been shown in study after study to boost your ability to concentrate on any day of your cycle. To try a guided mindfulness meditation now, visit UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.

By | 2018-08-12T13:18:02+00:00 December 17th, 2013|hormone research, hormonology tip, Week 2|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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