Hormone Horoscope for Sunday, October 26, 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: Low-but-rising estrogen is making you more willing to be silly and look goofy. So, tap into that hormone-fueled openness to plan a fun weekend with a new video project (for instance, giving human voices to your pets), a trip somewhere that brings out the kid in you (like an amusement park) or an activity you and your buds can laugh all the way through (like rollerskating). Rising estrogen is promising that you'll enjoy any zany thing you do.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: You'll likely notice you have more strength and stamina today. Credit goes to high estrogen and testosterone, which ratchet up your physical energy. While this is a good thing--heck, it's a great thing!--I do feel it's necessary to point out one downside to you, Week 2 gal: Your high optimism-boosting estrogen may have you convincing yourself that your physical prowess now makes you uninjurable. So, you may push yourself a bit too far, for instance, running past the point of exhaustion when training for a marathon or starting a humongous physically-demanding project (like rearranging the furniture or building a shed) and insisting on going till it's done. My advice? (Not that I expect you to take it considering your hormone-fueled overconfidence, but, just in case....) Try to pace yourself. Despite feeling like Superwoman today, you're still in a mortal body that can get achy, dehydrated and strained.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: Heed the call to eat today. The moment you hear that tummy grumble, get some nutritious grub, like a bowl of low-fat granola, sunflower seeds or a falafel sandwich. That's because rising progesterone is making you more sensitive to drops in blood sugar between meals. As a result, when you get hungry, it could put a serious dent in your mood, triggering the kind of hunger crankies that can scare people five towns away. By keeping your blood sugar level with a steady supply of healthy food, you'll keep your mood up and avoid striking fear into the hearts of many.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: You may be tempted to buy little items that boost your mood, like a cupcake, new purse or earrings. Go ahead and indulge: Small treats help raise levels of feel-good brain chemicals that sag as estrogen plunges this week. Just be careful not to go overboard since the ensuing guilt and stress can put the kibosh on any positive feelings these treats gave you.