Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Building Resiliency: You Can Change Your Mood, But How?

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus via NPR.org

Scientists say the strongest of the five senses tied to memory is smell. I disagree. Hearing is a far stronger prompt for my memories. Specifically when those memories are tied to music. Often I hear a song and I’m sucked into a time traveling wormhole to the past. In an instant, I’m experiencing the emotion from the place and time I first heard the song. Some may say this is a superpower. I wouldn’t argue with them. Most of the time this is a good thing, while other times it’s not. It’s pure kryptonite. Thus I have to be careful. In order to experience motivation and a positive mental outlook, I must pick a song that will inspire that mood or state of mind. 

Today, I was sad so I decided to listen to “Wait for it” from
the original broadway cast recording of "Hamilton." I recalled where I was when my family got tickets, then I remembered waiting anxiously on the sidewalk in NYC outside the Richard Rodgers theater before the show. Finally I recall watching the play from our back row seats of the dark mezzanine. Then presto-change-o, my mood immediately changed. I was smiling and singing along loudly, proudly in my car. 

What’s your sense super power? How can you turn an anxious mind into peace, or a frown upside down? 

Start with your senses...and you may just learn! 

#mentalhealth #chronicillness 

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