Other Important Dates:
October 9—National Depression Screening Day:
If you feel drained and unable to enjoy life, log on to MentalHealth.org to find a local screening site.
Third Thursday in November—the Great American Smokeout:
Make a big X on that date if you smoke (call 800-ACS-2345 for information).
Block it out now and start thinking about what you want to do. Hang a photo on your bulletin board of the beach you'll be visiting, get the maps out, do some preparatory reading. The planning and anticipation will prolong your fun.
Circle times you know will be tough (the anniversary of a death, Valentine's Day) and start thinking about how to make these days easier.
Make six dates you can't wait for—a girls' night out, tickets to a concert series, a romantic getaway.
Make six dates when you will spend the day crossing off all the things on your to-do list that never seem to get done.
Write down the date when you should start preparing for a big event, not just the date of the event itself (your parents' 50th anniversary, your turn to host Thanksgiving).
If there are rituals you loved as a child—apple picking in September, caroling in December—add them to your adult life.
Plus, find a half hour every day to read a novel or meditate or have sex.
More ways to get better healthcare: