MYB EPISODE 15:

Filling Your Mojo Bucket

 

In this episode, we talk about the importance of filling your mojo bucket.  

 

Filling our mojo bucket means setting aside time for:

  • Relaxation
  • Creativity
  • Social connection: fun, sharing, holding space/sharing your gifts with others
  • Solitude
  • Fun/Play

 

Why is this important?

 

It’s all too easy to get into a rut when we consider the number of responsibilities most of us have:

  • work
  • caring for children
  • caring for aging relatives
  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • running errands
  • laundry
  • exercise

When our to-do list is endless, we put fun, play, and self-care at the bottom, thinking “we’ll get to that when we have time”.  The problem is, we never get to the end of the to-do list!

 

These cannot be left to chance. You must get them on the calendar so that other responsibilities do not subsume this time.  This is akin to the “paying yourself first”.  

 

Benefits:

  • Perspective:  

Filling your mojo bucket allows you to regain the perspective to take on your responsibilities with grace, gratitude, and patience.

 

  • Reduced Cravings:

You experience the “goody” instead of eating the goody.

 

  • Reduced Stress:

Many of us are locked in “fight or flight”.  Consistently getting in time for joy and relaxation allows your parasympathetic nervous system to take over.  We learn how to relax again which allows us to be more calm and in the moment.  

 

  • Better Relationships

When we’re happy, relaxed, and have things in perspective, we’re much less likely to be triggered by small things such as someone leaving their socks on the floor or dishes in the sink.  The resentment of “doing all the things” dissipates.  

Where to Start:

 

Step 1:  Take a look at your week.  

  • Do you have things to look forward to?  
  • Do you have time set aside to do things that soothe you or light you up?  
  • Are there activities and people you used to enjoy that seem to have slipped away?

 

Step 2:  Schedule at least 2 things in the upcoming week that feel light and fun and aren’t on your current to-do list.  You don’t have to EARN this time.  

 

Step 3:  Create at least 30 minutes each day to do something that feels rejuvenating, relaxing, fun, social, or creative.  

 

Step 4:  Communicate to the people in your life the times you have set aside.  If it’s your spouse, consider encouraging him/her to carve out time for them as well (and consider carving out time for the two of you together).   This is a healthy boundary that will result in a win for everyone.  

 

We’d love to know if you experiment with filling your mojo bucket and, if so, what you notice!

 

xo,

Jenny and Lisa, co-hosts

The Mind Your Body Podcast

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