So, April wasn’t my best month when it comes to life in general. Ok, it wasn’t all bad. But my blogging mojo was off, I had zero motivation to make healthy eating choices or get my butt moving and basically it created a negative cycle of laziness. Leaving me feeling lethargic, uncreative and uninspired. Oh, and fat. None of which is how I want to feel. I totally accept that the blog will have ups and downs, as will energy levels and general life. But sometimes when it all happens at once it can be handy to have a few tricks and tools on how to get that mojo back. So over the past week or so when I’ve been trying to get out of the funk I noted a few things that have helped snap me back into my more normal mode. So rather than flail around next time my mojo takes a vacation I thought I’d note them down here so I can refer back and remind myself – and hopefully give a little spark back to anyone else who may be suffering from an absence of mojo too.
1. Listen to your power song
I always thought a power song was a load of rubbish. It’s not and I totally have one. Mine is Fall Out Boy “My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light Em Up)”. EVERY time I hear I feel totally fired up and motivate to get out and run or sit down and bash out a post I really want to right. This song is now my secret weapon to give me a kick up the bum and remind me that the spark is there and gives me a little boost to take some action on it too!
2. Go to blog/social events
With so many events happening almost every day of the week it can sometimes get a bit much to go to as many as I maybe used to. Now I do this full time I have to weigh up the time element a little more than I used to and sometimes – when the mojo is down or if my freelance work is taking more of my time I tend not to prioritise going to blogger events or seeing brands. When actually, the motivation this gives me by going is always a great burst. Seeing my blogger friends too is always a nice boost as there are some lovely girls I’ve known for many years that I love having the chance to catch up with. I guess part of it is just getting out and seeing people – I’m a people person for sure and it’s the biggest downside for me in that I don’t get to see and chat to as many people as usual. So I need to remind myself to get out there and see people!
3. Put your gym kit on
No, I don’t mean joggers and a hoody. But if I put on my running leggings, sports bra and top – even if I sit at my desk doing emails for a while before I do anything it serves as a reminder to get my lazy butt up and go for a run or do a 3 Min Belly Blitz session (big Geordie Shore fan right here…) before I shower and get dressed for the day. Rather than my opposite approach when mojo is down of sitting in joggers and hoody and being a general slob. Not what blogging is about for sure! Just wearing my gym kit is a bit of a reminder to motivate myself. My current favourites are my rainbow coloured Nike Sports Bra* and spot print Nike running leggings*. Which are both comfortable and a little bit more interesting than some generic sports wear.
4. See friends
Again, when mojo dips sometimes even going out seems like a whole lot of effort when I should probably be forcing myself to work through the creativity dip. But 100% of the time I come back feeling happy and feeling more motivated and creative. Seeing my friends is always the best boost a girl could ask for – from having a moan about a work problem, to just laughing at random things. Whatever it is, seeing my friends leaves me feeling like a weight has been lifted.
5. Watch or read something that you know motivates you
I have two sides on this, one is the fitness/health side and the other is more work/career side. For health and fitness side I always reach for a copy of Women’s Fitness Magazine or Zest or similar. They’re so much better than fashion/beauty magazines in my opinion as so much more positive and actually give me something to action more so than just shopping. For work side, my go-to is The Devil Wears Prada. Without a doubt an all time favourite film and one that I always feel fired up to keep doing things my way and do them well.
Now, excuse me whilst I write ALL the blog posts, tweet until my thumbs are numb and sign up for a
marathon 10k…. Do share your go-to mojo finding tricks in the comments or tweet me
*Indicates PR sample or gift.