What If I’ve Lost My Work Mojo?June 22, 2023
You know what they say, right? When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all. It’s like you’re living your dream every day. But let’s face it, not every day is sunshine and rainbows at the office. We all have those moments when our work mojo seems to have gone on vacation. So, what do we do when we’re just not feeling it? Well, it all comes down to understanding our own brain and tapping into the power of our own bodies. Let’s find out how we can bring back the excitement and passion, even on those tough days.
The Thoughts-Emotions Connection
Here’s a little secret: our thoughts have a direct line to our emotions. You see, when a thought pops into our head, it sends an electrical impulse to our brain’s control center called the hypothalamus. What happens next? Our emotions get triggered, like a chemical reaction in our brain. It’s a bit like a party between our thoughts and emotions. Scary thoughts bring on fearful emotions, while happy thoughts create a joyful buzz. They go hand in hand, influencing each other and shaping how we feel. Part of the battle is learning to control your thoughts.
Cracking the Code: Reverse Engineering
So, if we want to manufacture enthusiasm and excitement, we need to reverse engineer the process. Picture this: our end goal is to feel energized, focused, and passionate about our work. To get there, we need to take a step back and think about the actions we can take. And guess what? Our actions are closely tied to our body, how we move and operate. Just like thoughts influence emotions, our actions can also impact how we feel.
Mastering Your Physiology
Now, imagine this scenario: you wake up feeling down in the dumps, lacking the motivation to even get out of bed. That’s when you need to leverage your physiology. It’s time to shake things up and make a change, as your serotonin may be off kilter. Science suggests several things you can do to help restore the balance: get some sunlight, walk a little faster, reduce stress, reflect on good memories. I know it may sound a bit cheesy, but trust me, it works. Remember the saying “Fake it till you make it”? Well, it applies here too. By changing your actions, you can literally flip the switch on your emotions.
The Power of a Happy Body
Here’s the thing: when you’re feeling low, your body reflects it. But the beauty is, it works the other way around too. If you start jumping around or doing something that gets your blood pumping, you won’t be able to stay in that sad and gloomy state for long. Your body won’t allow it. By changing your physiology, you change the chemistry in your brain, and voila, your emotional state starts to shift. It’s like a domino effect, where your actions set off a chain reaction in your emotions.
Keep in mind that if you can transmit that happy feeling from your mind to your body, half the battle is over. Your body can produce the happy hormone, as it’s called, but better known as dopamine. Promising yourself a reward at the end of a challenging day can help with this transference of happy mind to happy body.
So, what can you do to ignite that fire in your belly? Simple. If you’re feeling down, consider changing your physiology to improve your emotional state. Go ahead and do some jumping jacks, put down your phone for a while, or clean your workspace. It might feel a bit forced at first, but trust me, it’s worth it. And hey, even if you’re alone, don’t be afraid to laugh out loud. Laughing changes your breathing, your body movements, and it works wonders for your emotional state. In fact, they say laughter is the second most pleasurable physiological experience we humans can have. Sneezing takes the crown, in case you were wondering (no, it’s not the other thing).
In the end, it’s all about the beautiful dance between your emotions and actions. Change one, and the other follows suit. So, the next time you’re not feeling the work vibes, remember that by tweaking your body’s rhythm, you can reignite your enthusiasm and outlook. You’ve got the power to make each day at work a little more vibrant with the right mindset.
Work can’t always be a walk in the park, but that doesn’t mean we have to settle for a dull or blah experience. By understanding how our thoughts, emotions, actions, and results are interconnected, we can take charge of our work mojo. So, the next time work feels like a drag, remember that a simple change in our actions can set off a chain reaction of positive emotions. You’ve got this.