Hormone Horoscope for Thursday, July 24, 2014
Which week are you on in your monthly cycle? CLICK a week below to read your Hormone Horoscope:
> WEEK ONE: Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7
Estrogen rises: Friends may start to think you're psychic due to your ability to know exactly how they're feeling today. Actually, they can thank your hormones for this special talent. Researchers discovered throughout Week 1 and Week 2 of your cycle, you’re better at figuring out people's emotions by looking at their facial expressions and body language. Their theory: Since rising estrogen is pushing you to make more social connections during this phase, your brain may sharpen this skill to help make communication easier.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: High estrogen and testosterone are sharpening your memory, thinking skills, verbal abilities and dexterity to cycle-long highs. But, that doesn't mean you're going to be flub-free today. That's because these same hormones are making you super-speedy, so you may end up tripping over your tongue when talking too fast, having a brain freeze as you try to remember details because you're trying to relay all your ideas too quickly, causing a mental log-jam, or pressing the wrong buttons on the ATM or your keyboard because you were in such a rush. So, if you can (and this is a difficult one for you, Week 2 gal), try to slow down just a tad and you'll be even better at harnessing all those hormone-fueled brain and body superpowers.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: You may notice you're "liking", following or commenting on social media posts featuring recipes, DIY crafts, photos of scrumptious treats or amazing room layouts more often today. Point the blame squarely on rising progesterone. Studies show that as the level of this hormone climbs, it ratchets up your interest in anything related to food and home.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: You may feel frustrated today as problems you’ve swept under the rug during the first three weeks of your cycle rear their ugly heads like nobody’s business. You can either blame or thank plunging estrogen for highlighting your woes. As this hormone plunges, it reduces feel-good serotonin in your brain. And while this makes you more agitated about problems, thing is, it’s probably about time you addressed them, anyway. After all, if you stayed mum all cycle long and never tackled issues head-on, then your roommate would never be told to finally pay her rent on time, your sweetheart would never find out you're not really a fan of "Magic Meatloaf Mondays" and your co-worker would never learn that you actually don’t enjoy doing his work for him.

Squeeze more enjoyment out of your next vacation with this cycle tip


I haven't had a vacation in, geez, forever. I just don't have that kind of time. So, I went onto the website for Disney World--which is just an hour-and-a-half drive away from me--and looked into booking a couple of nights at a Disney hotel for late … [Continue reading]