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10 Tips How Music Can Help You Thrive with a Chronic Illness

How music can heal your pain and motivate you at the same time

Here are 10 tips:

Tip #1: Find a playlist that can be put on shuffle and will relax you and keep you going

These playlists should be filled with songs of all the genres that you love with messages of encouragement, empowerment and eloquence!

Tip #2: Allow yourself a RAGE playlist

A rage playlist is when you list all of the “I hate”, “I’m mad because”, “You suck”, and “Life is awful”. Life does sometimes suck and we don't always want to feel that we are required to have rainbows and lollipops constantly. Rage on guys. Life isn’t always perfect.

Tip #3: Find music with a steady pace for YOU

My workout playlists consist of Hamilton, In The Heights, Michael Jackson and more. Unfortunately for everyone at the gym, they can either judge or join my dance party. Find music with a consistent tempo for you to walk, run, or do continual motion if that works for you.

Tip #4: Find music that distracts you

As a musical theatre person and a musician, there are so many composers that challenge me to think and push the boundaries of what music is. Stephen Sondheim, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Alan Menken, John Williams. Not all your music needs to have words. Focus on different instruments and lines. Could be a fun game to play to distract you.

Tip #5: Find earpieces that work for you

This sounds crazy but find earpieces that work for you. Bose, Apple AirPods, Earbuds, Beats. You cannot completely enjoy music with crappy headphones. Find the ones that work for you. There are incredible wireless headphones. Make sure you try to take a listen before you purchase. Also check your phone’s settings for hearing accessibility.

Tip #6: Find a podcast that you will enjoy

PODCASTS. This is a new world where podcasts have made a huge resurgence. There’s TEDTalks which I love, my own shameless plug Triple Threats & Beyond, amazing motivational and educational podcasts that are anywhere from 5 minutes to 55 minutes in length.