Mid-January is always the time when I feel a little drained. Have a little less vitality. Less enthusiasm. Quite a few of my friends are in the same boat. So I’ve been boning up and found 7 ways to find your mojo again. And they’re painless too. Well, most of them are. Here goes. . .
Let go of what you can’t control. It’s not always easy to do but it’s a biggie. All those things we can’t control are what adds to our stress levels, feelings of overwhelm, and discouragement. Focus on what you CAN do something about and do it. Think of the rest as a bouquet of balloons you release. Aaaahh. . . I feel better already.
Move, Baby, Move! Get off the couch and off your bahooda. Walk, jump rope, put on some music, shake your booty and dance up a storm. Get some exercise. Make it fun, something you enjoy. Sitting enlarges your butt but doesn’t do much for the rest of your body. So get up and get moving!
Hang out with people who are fun to be with. You know, the optimists, the encouragers, people who see the glass as half full. Stay far away from Debbie Downers and “toxic people.” They will drag you down with them.
Take time for self-care. It’s another no-brainer but so hard to do when all the “shoulds” crowd in. Instead of taking on one more commitment, rest when you need to rest. It’s OK to say “no.” Eat healthy foods like fruits, veggies, fish, and lean meats. Cut down on the junk food and alcohol. Sleep a little more. Reconnect with things you love to do — and do them. Self-care is not selfish! It’s a necessity.
Give up TV for one night a week. (I promise it won’t kill you!) Spend that new-found time with friends and family. Have a real conversation. Take up a hobby. Enroll in a class. Learn to play a musical instrument. Challenge your brain instead of vegging out night after night in front of the tube.
Focus on the positive. This isn’t about trying to pull off some kind of Pollyanna trick and convince yourself that everything’s rosy. There’s bad stuff going on and we can’t pretend it’s not there. This is about reframing negative self-talk coming from the Big Fat Bully in Your Brain. (You know, that nasty ego-driven voice that says “You can’t. You’re not enough.” ) To get your mojo back, that Big Fat Bully has to go! When the negative junk starts filtering in, rewrite the script immediately. . . “Yes, I CAN!” (Or at the very least, “I won’t know unless I try.”) We can retrain our brains to encourage instead of discourage.
Tap into your creative side. Play around with paints or write a haiku or build a picture frame. Take photos. Who cares if what you create isn’t a masterpiece? That’s not the point. And how you decide to be creative is up to you. The important thing is to open your mind. Explore, imagine, and innovate. Be adventurous. Invite curiosity and imagination back into your life. By unlocking your creativity, you can have some fun and find your mojo again.
Got some suggestions to find your mojo again? I’d love to hear your ideas for getting back on track. Please share in the comments section below.
Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.