This week I want to talk in more detail about one of the ways I like to get myself away from negative thoughts. And that’s listening to uplifting music.
I don’t know about you, but I do in fact love silence a lot of the time, especially when I’m concentrating and I need to be creative (like now) or when I’m thinking something through and when I’m reading a book.
For me, music or radio babble can be distracting from the essence of what I’m doing or as an “excuse” to fill my head with stuff other than the matter at hand.
BUT I absolutely looove listening to music when I’m doing something that I don’t need to concentrate on, like cooking dinner, walking the dog and doing housework.
And I love listening to music to get myself out of the negative loop in my head. You know, when you’re going round and round in circles not really knowing where these thoughts are leading and finding yourself deeper and deeper in that big black hole that you’ve dug yourself.
But how do you get out?
Well, we looked at possibilities last week in the blog post, and music is one way that I can turn my thoughts around 180 degrees.
For a while now I’ve had a playlist on my phone of happy dancy music. And now that I’m on Spotify, I’ve started the same list there, adding a song to it as soon as I hear a good one. It’s a list of funky, groovy, dance floor and rock music from the 70s right up to the present day.
The common denominators of all the songs are that they are all uplifting, inspiring, and utterly groovy! And I’m careful not to choose a song that has depressing lyrics. Even if It’s really funky, it’s not coming on that list!
I just grab my phone and my headphones and off I go into my own little world. But this world is a positive one and turns me around in no time. You might even find me dancing around the kitchen waving a wooden spoon or – watch out – a chopping knife!
And that’s another good thing, movement or dancing, together with the music, intensifies the positive feelings, changes the chemical balance in your brain, gets the blood and oxygen racing around your system, and they can’t fail to pick you up!
Add singing along to the equation and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a good mood!
Of course, it doesn’t have to be dance music, as long as it’s uplifting for your mood and your soul. What about some rousing classical or other instrumental music? You don’t have to worry about the lyrics then! Or Inspirational songs from musicals or films.
For example, I love the piano music from the wonderful film Amelie and even have one piece as my ringtone.
If you’re on Spotify, you’re very welcome to follow my happy dancy playlist, if you like. Here’s the link: https://open.spotify.com/user/1165519892/playlist/4JVMWGikcyjhN2EMj3vHTR
If you think you need more than just music to get yourself out of a long pattern of negative thoughts, why not try hypnosis coaching with me, to tap into your subconscious mind and activate your inner power to find the way forward? I love helping people to find their way back to happiness, balance and clarity! Or whatever you might be looking for. Book a free, initial contact call here.