The power of anger can feel almost uncontrollable, and that can be very scary. As a result, oftentimes we feel we need to “stuff” our angry feelings because we want to scream, shout, and throw a fit…but we know that won’t solve anything. But yet, what do we do with all that energy?
One of the best ways to release the steam that builds up when we’re angry is through music and movement. Here is a short playlist to help you do that.
Even though some of these songs are about love gone wrong, feel free to substitute words and names so that the song is customized to you and your situation.
Remember to use the energy to help you take the next step!
Enjoy this playlist!
These Boots Are Made for Walking sung by Nancy Sinatra
Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair sung by Mitzi Gaynor
Feel free to add others that are your favorites. Sometimes as I sing and dance along with these songs, I tweak the lyrics to make them more powerfully specific to me. Feel free to do the same!
Your homework today is to make a playlist for yourself, one that’s filled with songs that motivate you toward your goals and dreams. If you already have one, then update it (Please remember to respect the hard work of the artists and download songs from reputable services). Have fun with this!
Play these songs first thing in the morning to get yourself charged up for a great day and to catapult you into taking the next step toward your dreams. Also, play the list throughout the day to keep you going.
You can do it!
Post in the comments section the songs that are your favorites for feeling good and motivating yourself.
I’ve gotten feedback from several of you, my Friends and Pep Pals, who wanted to know specifics of what I listen to in each category of the playlist I included in yesterday’s post. While there are many great choices on YouTube–my go-to music streaming source–these are the “albums” I listen to at this time. Next week, next month, I might list different selections, but right now this is it:
Recordings of Nature Sounds:
Johnnie Lawson’s videos
What about when you arrive at work, though? Do you use the energy and the self confidence gained from your morning routine at home to slingshot you into a productive and effective day at work? Do you let your co-workers’ drama or the latest panicked directive from your boss derail and dissipate all you gained?
Experts state–and researchers have confirmed–that the first few hours are the most productive. Successful people have proven this time and time again. It’s routine for them to get into the office by 6 or 7 in the morning and they tackle the worst and toughest problems first. They’re at their freshest and there are few distractions and interruptions so they can put the full force of their mind and talents to the tasks.
If you aren’t already “hitting the ground running” when you arrive at work, what can you do to alter your routine so that you are productive right off the bat? Perhaps you need to park in a different part of the lot so that you don’t walk in with Moaning Martin. Perhaps you can bring in your own coffee so that you don’t stand at the company coffee pot and listen to Cranky Cathy and Downer Doug.
Give your morning routine at work some thought. Take time to work out a routine for yourself. Don’t worry or become discouraged if you have to tweak things. Accept it as a normal and natural process of honing the routine until you get something that works for you.
As you know, right now this is one of my go-to fun activities.
~Singing any old which way you feel like it in the moment
This was offered by a long-time reader of this blog. This is a great way to oxygenate your system, a fun way to move around and get a little exercise, and you can’t help but feel better after singing at the top of his/her lungs! 🙂
~Taking the time to make a delicious breakfast
This was suggested by a friend of mine who enjoys home cooking but doesn’t always take the time to make breakfasts she loves such as pancakes, waffles, and vegetable scrambled eggs.
~Sitting outside with a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper
A neighbor offered this one. He has a small “grove” of pine trees and in it nestled an Adirondack chair. Now with it lighter in the mornings, he sometimes sneaks out there to read for a few minutes before heading off to work.
~Reading in a fun book
A young mother who does a lot of technical reading for her job loves to wake up a little early and read her latest fun book–or mind candy book, as she calls it! 🙂
An artist friend of mine enjoys doodling first thing in the morning. She doodles shapes, symbols, or random strokes; sometimes she uses graphite pencils and sometimes she used magic markers or crayons.
A friend of mine has a high pressure management position and she likes to fold origami. In the mornings when she does it, the activity becomes a meditation for her. And afterward, not only is her soul nourished but she has a pretty flower or animal to show for the efforts, which boosts her spirits. And the origami also boosts the spirits of the person she gives it away to. Cool!
I know what you’re thinking: what the heck is ironing doing on this list of fun activities to do in the morning?! Believe it or not, I have a friend who enjoys ironing early in the morning. She likes that it lends itself to meditation. She also likes the smell of the hot iron on the cotton fabric–it connects her to her childhood and memories of her mother. And she and her family have crisply pressed clothes in the bargain!
As you can see, there are a variety of different activities. The common thread through them all is pleasure. Each of these activities weren’t something that the person had to do; they were activities that the person chose to do for the simple fact that it gave them pleasure.
Feel free to share the activities you enjoy doing in the morning. Thanks! Remember to add them to your morning routine!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Crafting a deeply meaningful, soul-prospering life