What do you do when you sit at the edge of your bed and the thought of getting up leaves you breathless? And I don’t mean in a good, exciting way. No, your thoughts are conflicted and jumbled, spinning around in your head and you feel stymied and stuck. Low energy threatens to wash over you. Your ‘get up and go seems to have gotten up and gone’ without you! If you are feeling this way for a few days, it’s a good chance you’ve lost your mojo.
What to do? First of all, stop and pay attention to the signs your brain is sending you. When there is no physical reason you are feeling this way, it has everything to do with your state of mind. Then realize it’s ok. Life happens to all of us and even the most optimistic person can reach a rough spot. You are not alone. After all, none of us gets to live out life as a perfect script.
Here are a few suggestions for getting your mojo back:
1. Take inventory, looking at the positive aspects of your life. What your mom said to you when you were a child holds true: there is probably someone who’s reality of life is far worse than yours. Be grateful for your blessings!
2. Put on your headphones and listen to music that is upbeat. Prince’s “Happy Feet” is a good one to lift your spirits. Better yet, if you have the time, watch the movie.
3. Feed your soul. Get lost in a good book or in the Good Book.
4. Banish from your mind your perceived shortcomings or thoughts of what you lack.
5. Eliminate comparing yourself to others.
6. Move! Take a brisk walk, dance around the room to that upbeat music, or head to the gym. Get your heart rate up and your endorphins flowing. Endorphins are the “feel-good” hormones. It’s hard to feel bad when they’re racing around in your body.
8. Review your goals. Celebrate those you have reached. Look at the timeline for those you haven’t yet reached. What tasks are left for you to do to accomplish those goals by the date you have set?
9. Volunteer at an elementary school; read a book (preferably Dr. Seuss) to a classroom. You’ll be sure to get your mojo back then.
10. Talk to someone you trust or who can help you over this hiccup. There are people who specialized in doing just that. Seek them out. Feel free to reach out to me.
These are just a few relatively, easy ideas of what you can do if your ‘get up and go’ has gotten up and gone and you’ve lost your mojo. Remember, get the most out of life. Live it one day at a time.