Mojo Magic: Regain that New Year Buzz

17.02.15 Learn Blog SumoSalad

Not long ago we celebrated the start of a new year, along with new goals. Fast forward to now and many of us are already running out of steam. Re-energise and regain your mojo with some simple advice from our very own wonder woman, Kerrie Otto de Grancy.

I recently took time out with 4 of my best friends, a long weekend away at a beach house South of Sydney. We started each day with mediation on our balcony followed by yoga and a delicious homemade breakfast. We filled our days with activities like bike riding, paddle boarding, and swimming. And most importantly we laughed a lot. We returned to the big smoke feeling fresh, energised and focused.

While we can’t always enjoy this luxury, with a few adjustments to your daily habits combined with setting some time aside for yourself, you can re-energise your mind and body.

The following tips have worked wonders for me and I have no doubt that if you follow these tip you will feel energized and have a sense of well-being throughout the day.

Have a magic morning

It's easy to start the morning well with this beautiful backdrop!

It’s easy to start the morning well with this beautiful backdrop!

When our brain and body is receiving positive input we become less reactive and more responsive. Put yourself on the positive path right from the start of the day.

  • Start with meditation to calm the mind and let go of the toxic energy and thoughts that are not helpful to you
  • Fuel your body with a healthy, nutritious breakfast
  • Implement 20 minutes of healthy movement; a walk, run, strength session, yoga, tai chi or pilates are just a few options

Maintain your energy levels

Studies show that eating 5 smaller, regular meals a day can help curb hunger and keep our energy levels consistent. Other tips include:

  • Eat foods rich in fibre, protein and omega-3
  • Stay hydrated (water is liquid gold to our bodies, opt for filtered water)
  • Reduce stimulants such as caffeine
  • Avoid too much alcohol. Aim to keep it to one to two standard drinks a week
  • Discover what fresh juices energize you. I opt for a mint, lemon, ginger, cucumber, kale, green apple and coconut water blend as my perfect combo

Get moving

Nothing like the ocean to wake you up in the morning!

Nothing like the ocean to wake you up in the morning!

Movement of any kind is good for you, even if it’s a gentle walk first thing in the morning. It will stimulate the endorphins in your brain, giving you a sense of happiness and energy for the day.

  • During the day, take short 2-5 minute breaks from your desk every hour
  • Exercise whenever you see a window of opportunity. Your body will LOVE you for it
  • Make time to play with your kids (if you have them)
  • Visit the beach for a run, swim, walk, beach volleyball or cricket
  • Go for a bushwalk or rock climb
  • Take up game fishing or surf fishing
  • Start practicing yoga and pilates, both are brilliant for mind and body

Learn to breathe

That’s right BREATHE; our breath has the power to calm the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which activates during times of anxiety and stress. Deep breathing can calm the heart rate and tell the brain there is little or no danger.

Meditation and controlled breathing can energise your mind and body, promoting better sleep, lowering blood pressure, increasing oxygen in your blood and bringing clarity and mindfulness. It can help to improve your mood and aid your immune system.

Some tips for mediation can be found in my previous Detox Your Life article.

Set time aside for you

Riding a bike can be fun and is great exercise.

Riding a bike can be fun as well as great exercise.

Life gets busy and we can get caught up in our routines of work and family demands without taking time to do the things we love.

  • Listen to music. Studies show that music can aid performance, concentration, memory, fatigue, happiness. For more information and references visit http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml
  • Change up your routine. Set time aside on a regular basis to reflect on your schedule and how it can be improved
  • Assign time to be social. Socializing can boost brain power and help you live a healthier life
  • Reward your efforts. Be sure to indulge when you have worked hard and achieved something. Indulgence can be a pedicure, a day trip to your favourite National Park, new clothes, reading or simply taking a day out to just be
  • Take a holiday! Make it a priority. Getting away does not have to be expensive and might even just be a day trip. Removing ourselves from our routine allows us to get a fresh perspective
  • Try something new as often as possible and speed up personal growth

Finding time for what truly matters to us means that we will become more energised to live our best life. We can achieve this through a healthy diet, movement, breath work and a quiet mind.

If you live in Sydney & want to try meditation with me, join me for a unique 6 week meditation education starting February 24. 


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