Music has the power to lift our spirits when we are feeling down. I have found music to be very therapeutic, when it comes to helping with stress management. When I'm feeling down I like play what I call "my empowerment play list". (see below)
If you are looking to dive into the topic of music and its emotional power, I highly suggest the book: Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica -The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sound by John Powell.
Music can help to calm your nerves and is great for relaxation. Many medical studies have shown the positive ways that music affects the brain and your mood.
If you are interested in learning more about the scientific and neurological sides of this, I enjoyed reading: The Power of Music by Elena Mannes. The author did an excellent job at exploring the connection between music and it's affects on the brain.
Music has the power to lift your spirits but, it can also have the opposite effect, if you are listening to sad or angry music. Specific songs can sometimes trigger painful memories and evoke strong emotions. Therefore, it is important to choose what you listen to wisely, especially if you are suffering from depression or anxiety. Studies have shown that aggressive and sad music can cause increased levels of anxiety and neuroticism.
All of my favorite songs have a positive memory attached to them. Have you ever been out, and suddenly a familiar song came onto the radio? Did it remind you of someone, something or evoke a memory? I am sure that we've all experienced this at one time or another. It just goes to show you, how powerful music is.
As promised here is my personal playlist. However, I highly suggest that you create your own custom list, to help elevate your spirit when you are feeling down.
Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
Try – Colbie Caillat
High Hopes - Panic at the disco
Nothing is Going to Stop Us Now - Starship
Africa - Toto
Best Day of My Life – America Authors
On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
Unstoppable - Sia
What Are You Waiting For - Nickelback
I Dare You - Shinedown
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Roar - Katy Perry