Last night, after a productive day that felt really good, I started feeling down all of the sudden. I ran through a little mental checklist; am I just tired? Am I coming off all the excitement from the weekend and having my brother here? Am I getting my period? (Ladies, you know this is a valid question)
I concluded it was a combination of all of those things and then some, but the real question is; what do I do about it?
So I canceled my big evening plans (which included doing more work) and decided to put on my moody playlist, cozy up on the couch, and look through old photos.
That may seem like an odd choice but it was an intentional one. Research shows that reflecting on good moments and successes from the past stimulates serotonin in the brain, the feel-good hormone. We can do this through exercise, filling ourselves with carbs slathered in cheese, or grabbing a glass of alcohol, but after many years of defaulting to the former I've found reliving the beautiful moments in my life - the adventures, the scenic views, the meals shared together, the laughs had, and the people shared them with - does a hell of a lot more for my feel-good hormones in the short and long-term than kicking my ass at the gym or ordering Domino’s.
Plus, it's always accessible. You are always walking around with a little reservoir filled with beautiful memories and moments. It's always at your fingertips. Take advantage of that power to change your inner and outer world. Then go make some more memories.
Photo is from one of my favorite places in the world - Santorini, Greece. My dad and brothers came to visit me while I was studying abroad in Italy and we spent the week together hopping the Grecian Islands. How's that for a serotonin boost?
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.