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One of my main coping mechanisms has always been music. When I was very ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there were times when I could not watch TV or read. I could listen to music, though.

Music makes me feel good. Even if I cannot dance much because of low energy, those rhythms, the stories, the messages all help get you through the day. Most of the time, it was rock n’ roll, but country music entered the mix too.

As I’ve gotten older and gone through the many different CFS phases, I still use music as a coping mechanism. How can you use music to help reduce your stress levels and get more stuff done?

Movement

Feeling overwhelmed? Is the pressure getting to you? Take a music break. Stop what you’re doing, put on your favorite song, and dance a little. Maybe even sing along!

Motivation

I always talk about knowing your why. When you know why you’re chasing your dream, it is easier to stay motivated. But, sometimes, music can be that little extra kick. I put on songs like Stronger by Kelly Clarkson, Raise Your Glass by Pink, or Come to My Window by Melissa Etheridge. (Check out the YouTube videos at the end of this post.)

Momentum

Music keeps me focused. If I’m not creating new content but planning something else, I love to have music playing. Especially if you’re working on something that, shall we say, is not your favorite thing to do, having music playing can help you keep your momentum to keep going until you finish.

Because there are so many different types of music, artists, and tastes, the options are endless for what to listen to at any given moment. What works for you? What is your go-to song?

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