Last week, I talked about my quest to be happier in 2015. I struggle with depression, especially Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the fall and winter--September through March. I am reading a book called Happy Women Live Better--and experimenting with the strategies it recommends. Author and life coach extraordinaire Valorie Burton has identified 13 triggers for happiness. I am beginning with anticipation--planning and looking forward to pleasurable activities. Week 2 looks promising.
The first half of the week is a little boring. After spending four days in sunny Florida, I will be returning to my routine--consulting site visit on Tuesday, assist yoga class that evening, work from home Wednesday, and an all-day education conference on Friday. I also will need to plan my yoga classes for the weekend and next Monday.
But the weekend is a totally different story! I have it chock full of fun with my besties, learning from the two women who most influence my daily yoga practice (both of whom are visiting DC the same weekend--SCORE!), and a meeting with other life coaches. I can't wait--and ANTICIPATE every single moment.
The adrenaline anticipation generates is so helpful for my mental health. I've not worked out all the details of dopamine and neurotransmitters. I just know I feel more joy when I have something good to ANTICIPATE. My season affective disorder has been quite mild so far, and I am very grateful for that.
Here's the complete list:
- enjoying a run on my last day in Tampa
- spending some time every day writing and allowing my creativity to flow
- yoga class and tea with my teacher training mentor
- African American art exhibit in Philadelphia
- training conference call with fellow life coaches
- yoga workshop with Cyndi Lee
- brunch with best friend
- planning with interior designer
- first Sister Circle dinner
- class with spiritual warrior Faith Hunter
- book club with my besties
What are you anticipating that is good this week? Comment below.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.