“Get out of your head” – that’s what I’ve been telling myself a lot lately. I’m realizing more and more how much my thoughts affect my feelings, emotions, energy, etc. Although I can’t control my feelings – though that doesn’t stop me from trying – I can pay closer attention, and ask “Why?” Is there a thought or belief that is driving my feelings? More often than not lately, fear is often the cause. And while I may not be able to remove the fear, I can reframe – rethink – and ultimately, change how I feel.
I know it sounds crazy. But it works.
So I’m a lot more intentional about what I choose to focus on. And, I realize the music I listen to can really affect my overall mood and activity levels.
So, when I’m working around the studio, I like to play music. Sometimes, I need to focus. Sometimes I need to be inspired. Other times, I need to feel energized. Sometimes, I want to feel sad. Other times, I need to know there is a reason to remain hopeful.
So one say, I did a search for Apple Music “thinking songs” under Playlists. And I found a gold mine! I can literally get inside other people’s head – and “try their music” on for size. Some playlists help me think. Others distract me. I discover new music – some I like, some I don’t. And, in getting inside someone else’s head – magically – I find I’m no longer stuck inside mine.