Loretta LaRoche, author of “Ten Simple Truths That Lead to an Amazing Life: Life is Short – Wear Your Party Pants”says one of her favorite ways to get people to see how they’re distorting things and get a handle on their stress is to give them unconventional ways to articulate the things that bug them. One of the most entertaining is to have them sing a blues song about whatever’s bothering them.
She says it lessens the anxiety, reduces the emotional edge and changes the person’s outlook.
Blues songs often start “Woke up this morning…” and then launch into a litany of pain and suffering the person has to deal with. For example:
Got up this morning
My clothes were too tight
The house is a mess and
My hair is a fright
I’ve got the Monday morning blues…
I thought it was a novel way to whine for a while and get your problems off your chest (no limit to the number of verses you can add!). After you did that, you’d almost have to end up laughing and feeling much better about life.
Try it and let me know how it goes.
Very nice and informative article.
Thanks for posting this
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I worked in Asia for a year after graduating and people there use karaoke as a way to relieve stress after a hard day at work. It works really well and taught me that music is one of the best ways to heal. Now, whenever I feel sad, I sing a sad song (blues songs are excellent for this) and throw every ounce of emotion I have into it. I usually end up crying, but afterwards, I feel much better. It’s like it flushes the sadness out of my system.
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