Life is music
Do you like motivational music? Do you like to sing in the bathroom, with the shower on full blast and the scrubbing brush doubling as a microphone? Or do you roll down the windows and crank up the radio when driving to belt out your favorite songs?
Singing makes us feel good. It is an emotional outlet, and a way to release endorphins to improve our mood and our mental state. We sing when we are happy, when we are lonely, when we are mad. The true feelings in us come out when we sing, and personally I think it is the cheapest and most universal therapy of all.
A great way to help yourself overcome depression or daily exasperations and frustrations is to pick a song that exemplifies the sort of person you want to be or the sort of life you want to live. I know, I know, it sounds so very Ally McBeal - but trust me, the concept of having a personal song predates her by more than a few decades. I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly), We Will Rock You (Queen) or Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw) are all great motivational songs.
After you pick ‘your song’ make a few mix tapes or cd to listen to at home, in your car and at work or the gym. Begin and end with your personal tune, and add favorites that suit your different moods. Only include upbeat, defiant, survival mode music!
If you are struggling after a difficult breakup, you can record some songs like I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) or One Way Ticket - Because I Can (LeAnn Rimes). Choose songs that look forward, not back! I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) is another good one for this mix.
If you are having trouble at your job, lift yourself up at the end of the day with Honey, I’m Home - And I Had a Bad Day (Shania Twain) or get ready for the weekend to I Don’t Have To Be Me - Till Monday ( Steve Azar). If you need to blow off steam, Take This job - And Shove It (David Allan Coe) is a must!
If you are down and need to cheer yourself up, sing along to tunes like I Feel Good (James Brown), Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves) or I’m Gonna Soak Up the Sun (Sheryl Crow). Really belt it out - get the blood pumping and energize yourself!
At the end of the day, you will be surprised at how much better simply singing aloud can make you feel. Try to mentally apply motivational music to your life, and take heart - others have been where you are!
Consider singing karaoke with friends and family - publicly announcing your belief in yourself can be amazingly uplifting. Song is one way everyone can help themselves feel good, and it doesn’t cost a thing!