Hormone Horoscope for Sunday, September 21, 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: My, how a little boost in estrogen can change things: During your premenstrual week, some problems, tasks and people seemed like more of a challenge. Perhaps, even ones that couldn't be overcome. However, as your estrogen rises throughout your Week 1 and Week 2, this hormone makes things feel like they take less effort. That's because it prompts a surge in mental and physical energy while also boosting your mood, making you more optimistic, giving you a hefty dose of willpower and prompting insights that can help you come up with solutions that make even the most difficult situations seem manageable.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: You may find it fun to get into a battle of wits or challenge someone in a discussion, convincing them to see (or even adopt) your point of view. That's because high estrogen is sharpening your memory, verbal skills, humor and how fast you think on your feet, making it easier for you to impress people in conversation and sway other folks' opinions.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: During much of the first half of your cycle--Week 1 and Week 2--you had the tendency to look on the bright side, see a silver lining in problems and believe (or at least hope) that challenges could be overcome thanks to rising estrogen. During the second half of your cycle--Week 3 and Week 4--things change: Two dips in estrogen combined with sedating progesterone can give you the tendency to be a bit more pessimistic and worried that solutions you need to problems may never come. When you're faced with a dilemma in these two weeks of your cycle and feel hopeless, try to remind yourself that your view is being colored by a hormonal combo that makes you a bit more cynical. Then try to summon the power to see things in a more optimistic light.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: During your premenstrual week, you may notice you need to push yourself more to do things that seemed easier during other weeks of your cycle, such as going shopping for groceries or clothes, driving around town doing errands, studying, working on a project or exercising. The problem is that a plunge in estrogen is sapping your mental and physical energy, making motivation scarce. To get yourself moving on a task, try promising yourself a reward once you're done with it, rev your get-up-and-go with up-tempo music and/or simply take that first step toward beginning the task. Often, just making a start can be enough to keep up your momentum.

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