So for over a year, I’d been going too fast, taking on too much, and a few months back, I just burned myself right out. I lost all my mojo & didn’t want to do anything at all: hung out at my house, in my pajamas, watching TV a lot. Here’s what I did to get my mojo back:
1. Find a comfort place
Find someplace that makes you feel better. Hang out there for a while. Mine’s the library. Just makes me feel better being surrounded by all those books. Give yourself permission to rest and relax in that place.
2. Do something nice for yourself
Go shopping or to the spa or write yourself a list of things that are fabulous about you. Whatever it is, it has to be about you, for you, and does not include you doing anything for anybody else. Do something nice for yourself at least once a day.
3. Make a bucket list then do it, all of it
I don’t care how old you are (teenager, just out of college, thirty-something, middle-aged, whatever), write a list of things you want to experience before you die. Then start doing them, right now. After you check everything off, make a new list. Repeat.
4. Get moving
Take a pilates class, ride a roller coaster, go boogie-boarding, jet-skiing, bowling, hiking, roller-skating. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. Get out of the house & get moving.
5. Turn up the music
Crank up the volume and the bass. Shake the windows in your house/car. Let people stare. Who cares? Just feel the music.
6. Sing along
Loudly. Off-key if that’s the best you can do (which sadly is true for me). Embarrass your spouse/friends/kids. Who cares? Just sing.
Shake what your mama gave you. Vigorously. Embarrass your spouse/friends/kids. Who cares? This is about you. Just dance.
8. Take a road trip
Pick a place, somewhere new. Throw your spouse/friends/kids in the car & head out. Crank up the music & sing along. Tell jokes & laugh. Take in the sights along the way.
9. Learn something new
Pick something you always wanted to learn. Spend the money on yourself (because you’re worth it) to do it. I always wanted to learn to shoot a gun. Now, I’m taking lessons. Careful: I’m a writer and soon I’ll be packing.
10. Give yourself permission to be where you’re at
Acceptance is the fastest way to get your mojo back. At least it was for me. Stop fighting the way things are. Or beating yourself up. Or taking everything so seriously. Accept your life the way it is, right now this very minute with warts and all, then work at fixing what’s broken, one thing at a time.
Have you ever lost your mojo? If so, what did you do to get it back? Please feel free to share your thoughts & experiences in the comment box below.