Today I want to talk to you guys about losing your mojo and how to gain it back. It’s something I personally have experience with, so in the spirit of being open and honest here, I wanted to share my thoughts and experience.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been in a serious funk lately. I haven’t been feeling good about myself and have been feeling a little stressed and also down and out. I finally realized that it’s mostly because my exercise and healthy eating habits have been slipping a little. I’ve spent a lot of time making excuses like “I’m too tired”, “I got off work late”, or “I won’t make it to the gym in time for spin class” so I might as well just go home.
We all make excuses for ourselves from time to time, but at some point, you will reach a fork in the road where you have to make a decision of which way you want to go and commit to it. Do you want to keep letting excuses stand in your way or do you want to be a problem solver and find a way to still commit to a healthy lifestyle DESPITE all of the things that may be standing in your way.
After work on Friday, I decided against going out with some work friends and hit up the spin bike instead. Sometimes, even though you WANT to do something fun, what you really NEED to do is create balance for yourself, which means sometimes you have to say no to friend time and yes to sweat time instead. But sometimes if you’re lucky, you can have the best of both worlds.
On Monday, a friend asked me if I wanted to go to the movies with her and I said yes, but only AFTER I was done with my workout (the movie didn’t start until later, so I had plenty of time!). Now it may not be ideal to go to the movies with friends after your workout, but since I wanted to do both and could do both time wise, I didn’t let not wanting to show up a little sweaty to see Pitch Perfect 2 stand in my way!
It’s interesting how much just a short workout can change your mood and your perspective on things. I left both workouts felling a little better about myself, less stressed and better about life in general than I did before my sweat sessions, so the proof is in the pudding. Working out can make you feel like a less stressed, more positive and self-loving version of yourself.
I know your jaws are all dropping in shock right now (insert sarcastic tone here), but I thought it was worth while to point this out since we all forget and fall off course from time to time and need a friendly reminder.
So since we all can use a friendly nudge every once in awhile, here are my tried and true tips for feeling like your best self. Enjoy!
Tried and true tips for feeling like your best self:
- Create a workout routine that works for you and your schedule and stick to it.(Make sure to take some time off if you’re feeling sick or taking a rest day.)
- Make time for your friends/family AND your workouts. (Bonus points if you can hang out with your friends/family WHILE getting your workout in!) Spending time with those we love is good for us and can decrease stress levels and brighten our moods.
- Eat healthy, but splurge a little here and there too. Everything in moderation!
- Don’t be so hard on yourself! We all tend to pick ourselves apart from time to time, so this is your friendly reminder to stop!
- Leave a little wiggle room in your workout/meal plan. Creating such a strict plan for yourself will create unnecessary stress in your life and cause you to be less likely to stick to your plan.
Questions of the Day:
What are some of your tried and true tips for feeling like your best self?
What is your go to workout to help you get out of a funk?
What’s one positive thing that has happened to you this week so far?