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Keeping the mojo in lockdown

Keeping the mojo in lockdown

I gave a talk via zoom on resiliance last week to a team of around 130 people.  It was lovely to get some great feedback on this session, with another booking from a listener the next day.  Helping people with their mojo in lockdown and beyond will always be my mission.

At the start of this year, I had a wham bam kick in the face reminder that I have to always remember to help myself first so I can do my part to serve others.  Our minds are so fragile and I see our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health as connected and equally important.

I really enjoyed this interview with David McCrae from Author Your Life where I discuss all things mojo and mental health in 2020.  Check it out below.

My colour for 2020 is green.  They say ‘be careful what you wish for‘.  At the start of the year, I put on my vision board that walking soothes my soul and therefore I wanted to do a lot more of it.  I was especially keen to break the day to day routine and get out and about for my nature fix on ‘shock horror’ some week nights.  It’s safe to say that I have never been on more walks in my life.  Walking really is good for the mojo and ‘tree bathing’ seems to be the latest thing.  I’m also delighted that Bonnie is now obsessed with cycling and we have found some great open spaces to hit the bikes together.

I have some more challenging memories of the colour green, being my hospital room.  I had a lot of time looking at those walls, contemplating what on earth was going on.  To know that my internal and external self awareness had left me for a couple of months is pretty scary.  Moving forward, staying grounded in my body and well rested and recharged each and every day will be key so that I can continue to do my thing in the wellbeing space and enjoy it.  The medication that helped me get back to my mojo is thought to help by calming down the balance of dopamine in the brain.  Looking back, I had far too much dopamine.  Some things that increase our dopamine levels – meditation, exciting plans, massages, exercise – all things I had in abundance at that point in my life.

Compassion is such an important part of keeping the mojo in check and this involves a daily check in.  Do you take time each day to become aware of your thoughts? Is the inner critic making too much noise?  Perhaps anxiety is creeping in and we need to take time to become grounded back into the present moment,  the precious time we have that we can control.  I have really enjoyed writing down or reflecting over some things that happen throughout the day that make me smile.  There are always little gems in the day, should we work on slowing down and becoming present.  A few of mine:

My 7 year old daughter telling me that she wants to give homeless people some gifts on her birthday which is coming up in August.

A vlog I stumbled across on youtube of a couple singing on their wedding day, it made me cry because I am a TOTAL gushy sap.

Positive emails I received from my last speaking gig, knowing I had made an impact gave me such a boost.

My son telling me I’m the best Mummy in the world and kissing my forehead #MELT.

A new walk that we stumbled across with epic views out to the sea.

I could go on, once we start, gratitude is a great mojo train to be on.  When we start focusing on the positive and looking out for it and expecting it, we find greater balance.  But it’s a daily job.  I don’t want to write this year off because it has thrown up some exceptional challenges.  I want to learn from it, grow and come through it stronger.  I want to be thankful.  Thankful for pain.  Thankful for pleasure.  Thankful for the journey.

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Jojo Fraser is an award winning author, coach, podcaster and motivational speaker.  She has been a mental health researcher for the past 6 years and helps to empower, motivate and uplift the leaders she works with.  She is a regular speaker on BBC Radio, a keen foodie, lover of running, wild swimming and she loves to sing.

 

 

 

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