Barry came across this article on CNN about how music can ease anxiety, and even pain, in cancer patients. The article states,
“singing, playing an instrument or even just listening to music
may lessen anxiety in cancer patients
and improve their overall quality of life.”
I l-o-v-e music. Barry has to put up with me singing all the time, in the car – even after the music stops playing – or at places like Lowe’s if I hear a song I like. That’s what he gets for making me go to Lowe’s. ;)
When he read this article, being the sweet husband that he is, he quickly installed a speaker in our bathroom ceiling so that I can listen to music in the mornings while I get ready for work. Let’s all say, “awww, that is SO sweet!” because it was and he truly is. :) He has become my own personal DJ in the mornings playing me a variety of high-energy jazz along with the songs on my Morning Motivational playlist.
As much as I love music and believe what this article says to be true, I was amazed – AAAAHHHH-MAZED – at the difference in made in my mood and just my overall feeling of well-being each morning while I’m getting ready. It seems like the music actually gives me energy and by the time I walk out the door, I am pumped and ready hit the road with all the other crazy Chattanooga drivers!
Some of the songs on my current playlist are a variety of fast-paced songs and others that I like a lot or that just have special meaning right now:
Mercy Me: Move (my current fav)
Christina Aguilera: Fighter
Echoing Angels: Say What You Believe
Laura Story: Blessings
Steve Holy: Love Don’t Run
Rascall Flatts: I Won’t Let Go
John Waller: While I’m Waiting
Queen: We Will Rock You
Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory: Give Me One Reason
Lady Antebellum: I Run to You
It has really helped being able to listen to music like this while I get ready for my day. I think Barry got the short end of this deal, though. He has to listen to me sing my head off every morning while I’m getting ready. Poor guy. :)
What do you think? Do you agree that music could have this much of an effect on your mood, to the point of being able to calm anxieties and possibly even ease pain?
Can you recommend any songs that will get me up and moving in the morning that I should add to the playlist?