By Jodi Milner

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Somedays we just feel slow. Maybe it’s dark and stormy outside or you had a bad night’s sleep or you’ve got a cold coming on. These low-energy days are a given and can happen at the worst times possible. In a best-case scenario, you’ll have a good idea why the energy isn’t there for you and be able to adapt accordingly. But, we all know that best-case scenarios and being a mom don’t often hang out together. 

When our families need us, we are the ones to rally regardless of how we feel. This is where listening to a high-power song can work a little bit of magic. Science has shown that music with a driving heavy beat increases energy levels and also makes us feel more confident. 

Music to save the day

If you find yourself having a lot to do and not a lot of motivation, try turning on a favorite tune and simply start moving. More often than not, you’ll perk up and start enjoying yourself. Super parent hack – this works for kiddos too! If kiddo isn’t having it, turn on one of their favorites for an impromptu dance party. 

You might want to collect your favorite songs into a special playlist that lifts your spirits and inspires you to move. For bonus points, make one for your kiddos as well. Then you’re armed and ready should you or they need a lift. 

Some of my favorite songs that get me moving include:  “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Get Ready for This” by 2 Unlimited, and  “Jellyfish Rave” from Spongebob

Using music to inspire

Most of the advice in this article is to help you get moving when you’re energy is low, but you have stuff to do. Personally, I love using music to help me get moving, but I also love using it to help me get in the right mindset to do creative work. If I need to write a high-energy intense fight scene for one of my books, I’ll turn on an epic orchestral music mix on YouTube and let the emotions fly. The same goes for introspective and thoughtful scenes where I’ll turn on something peaceful like forest ambiance, or river sounds.

The next time you need an inspirational lift, try turning on some music and see where it takes you.

Discussion Question: What are your favorite songs that pump you up and get you moving?


1 Comment
  • Henry Killingsworth

    I like how you pointed out that turning on a favorite tune can be a good way to motivate yourself. With that in mind, I would think that it would be a good idea to make sure that you listen to positive music when you are trying to motivate yourself. I would think that positive music is the best way to keep your spirits high.

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