Today’s Tip: Use music to lift your mood
I was pretty young when I realised music could be used to influence your mood- in dark hours there were certain ‘go to’ songs and albums/artists for me that I used as a form of self-medicating. It wasn’t always healthy. They say music soothes the savage beast (I agree) but it can also make sensitivities more raw and feelings of pain more deep. I’m also aware of the incredible power that music has when it comes to lifting you out of a bad mood, a dark moment, times of anger. Music can have an incredibly positive affect on us.
Even now, there are certain songs that are guaranteed to get me dancing around my room, singing into my hairbrush. I have playlists specifically made of ‘psych me up’ positive songs that I listen to as I go to work.
Everyone’s tastes are so individual and unique, but I have compiled a list of 20 songs from my own collection, including songs friends have mentioned as being great for getting them out of a ‘funk’ (as Americans would say).
These songs make your foot tap and your face smile. A combo of upbeat mixed with some slightly more mellow tunes.
20 Songs To Lift Your Mood
- Learnalilgivnanlovin- Gotye
- Can’t Stop- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Beautiful Day- U2
- Tennis Court- Lorde
- Everything in its right place- Radiohead
- Higher Ground- Stevie Wonder
- Dance the way I feel- Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
- Buddy Holly- Weezer
- Milky Way- Sia
- Feel Good Inc- Gorillaz
- Hanging On- Active Child
- Eight Easy Steps- Alanis Morissette
- Come Together- The Beatles
- Hella Good- No Doubt
- Last Splash- The Breeders
- High- The Cure
- These Days- Foo Fighters
- Black Betty- Spiderbait
- Chase that feeling- Hilltop Hoods
- Sweetness and Light- Itch-E & Scratch-E
This is just a sample of the songs that can be used to improve your mood- I own around 3000 cd’s and have an extensive album collection, as well as 4 different iPods for different purposes. I will share different playlists for different purposes at another time.
Do you have a favourite song/band/artist that helps you feel better when you’re struggling emotionally?
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