Did you know that songs can help us sing down our stress? Have you ever noticed that the very last song you hear gets stuck in your brain? That can be good – or bad.
Some songs make you feel good, while others make you feel down. Some songs remind you of happy times, while others remind you of not-so-good times.
Songs can have a powerful effect on our mood. So, use it to your benefit and find yourself a “theme song” – something that makes you feel good, feel calm, or feel invincible…whatever mood you’re in need of for that moment. Pick a song that’s so easy to remember that you can easily replay it in your head.
I can be in a real funk, but when I start to sing (in my head, of course) James Brown’s, “I feel good, na na na na na…” that funk goes away fast.
Here’s an example of a song that was so powerful it completely changed one woman attitude when dealing with her difficult person. I was speaking to a group of nurses about Stress Management and we gathered into small groups to find a theme song to fit their particular stressor. After the program a charge nurse excitedly called me to share her stressor – and her solution.
This one doctor would storm down the hall, and without a word of pleasantry, just start berating her with what her team was doing wrong. Since she noticed that her mood changed as soon as she noticed him walking down the hall to her, she immediately starting replaying the song, “Right Said Fred (I’m Too Sexy)” in her head. And, wouldn’t you know, it helped! She was in a different frame of mind and that completely changed the interaction to a more positive one.
Themes Songs to Sing Down Your Stress
- “Happy”, Pharell Williams
- “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, Kelly Clarkson
- “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, Cyndi Lauper
- “Lucky”, Jason Mraz
- “The Fighter”, Christina Aguilar
- “The Climb”, Miley Cyrus
- “Respect”, Aretha Franklin