mojo – noun
UK /ˈməʊ.dʒəʊ/ US /ˈmoʊ.dʒoʊ/ informal
She’s definitely lost her mojo.Has anyone seen my mojo, I appear to have mislaid it.
8 Small but Positive Steps to Get your Mojo Back
- Acknowledge what’s wrong – it’s easy to drift along in some sort of semi-catatonic state, just going through the motions of day to day life. It was only when I hurt my back at the end of last year, which in turn made my anxiety peak, that I realised that I had been in this sort of apathetic limbo for a very long time. It was like an emotional lightbulb moment.
- Move – I don’t mean move home – that would be a bit extreme! I mean move your body. Exercise if you can, or just get out for a walk every day. I joined the gym at the start of the year and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’ve still got a lot of wobbly bits (and probably always will) but I feel so much better physically, and mentally, than I have done in years.
- Absorb some vitamin D – okay, I’m writing this on officially the 3rd properly sunny day of the year, so good quality vitamin D has been in short supply until now. But getting out into the sunshine is such a mood changer – even just five minutes can make a difference. Of course in winter months when that natural source of vitamin D is in short supply don’t forget to supplement it with vitamins.
- Everything in moderation – whenever I get into one of these slumps I invariably find that I want to face plant ALL the greasy food, and my wine consumption increases considerably too. Which of course, the following day, leads to a sore head, a foul mood, a lot of carb loading, and a desire to sit in my pj’s and watch Keeping up with the Kardashians until bedtime. Now I have cut back on my drinking I find I wake up in the morning with a clear head, and feeling more positive about the day ahead.
- Give your brain a workout – Get the old grey matter sparking again. For most of last year, it felt like I had nothing but cotton wool in that big space between my ears. I was incapable of finishing a book or concentrating on a task. This year I have made the effort to focus on using my brain cells. I’ve read three books from start to finish (that’s a huge accomplishment for me) and I am doing an online course too. But it doesn’t have to be something like a course to give your brain a daily workout – it could be something as simple as doing the crossword in the newspaper, or even playing Candy Crush (or whatever the new big game is) on your phone.
- Be selfish – ooh, selfish is such a marmite word. It has such negative connotations, doesn’t it? But sometimes we need to be selfish. I don’t mean that we live our lives with no consideration for others, but rather that we make ourselves a priority. Because if we don’t make ourselves a priority then we won’t be able to give the very best of ourselves to our loved ones. Be selfish with your time. If possible, carve out a block of time every day where you do something purely for you. And make it non-negotiable. For me, it’s going to the gym. It’s my time. And it has made so much difference to how I am with my family and friends.
- Routine – this is a step that works particularly well for me and is something I will write about in more depth soon, but having a daily routine has helped immeasurably.
- Breathe – recently, if I start feeling like everything is getting on top of me, or if I’m starting to lose my way somewhat, I take a few minutes out to do some breathing exercises and to clear my mind. I’ve found the Headspace app to be really good for helping me to focus on the breathing. Even just five minutes of breathing exercises can make a big difference.
All of these steps have really helped me this year – I have gone from being in such a funk at the start of January to now feeling like I’ve regained most of the good bits of me that I really like, the bits that have been missing for a long time. I feel like I’ve got my mojo back at long last – and it feels good.
Have you felt like you’ve lost your mojo in the past? What steps did you take to help get it back? I’d love to know! xxx