Burnout recovery tip 10: Glory to the iPod

This post was written by Megan on November 24, 2010
Posted Under: burnout and recovery

Music and burnout recovery cartoon

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy.

Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da…Feelin' Groovy… 

I've got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.

59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) written by Paul Simon.


So the question is: Are you feeling groovy?

No? Probably because you are dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep, like, 24/7. After awhile, all is not so groovy.

Still, you might consider plugging into some tunes, man. Music has been key throughout my recovery. When I was strapped to the bed by invisible steel cables (or was I just pinned down by an invisible grand piano?) the soothing sounds from Miles Davis' trumpet on 'Kind of Blue', the London Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Pachelbel's Canon or Billy Idol's 'Dancing with Myself' played on slow speed all helped me to – at the very least – stop thinking about how I crap was feeling. Even just for a few minutes.

Sometimes the music actually helped me to feel a bit better…sometimes I was almost in the 'groovy' zone. 


Music that moves me – literally

Now I use more up-tempo music to push me along the local running path – even if it's one of those crawling mornings (Florence + the Machine, Gwen Stefani, John Butler).

At the end of the day, I use music to lift my spirit enough to by-pass the takeaway menus and actually cook some dinner (Aretha Franklin, Matafix, Indigo Girls, soundtrack to Garden State).

On weekends, music is pivotal in geeing me up enough to face cleaning the bathroom (it takes a special kind of music for that: Cat Empire, Dubmarine, Ben Harper, Kings of Leon).  


Music can be voluminous

Most of my music playing is achieved via my iPod and headphones. And, whatever it is, I play it far too loud. As a result my conversational hearing is disappearing, but I'm smiling more. A worthwhile trade-off from where I'm slumped. 

So what music fondles your mojo? Let us know by leaving a comment.


This is the tenth post from my series: '13 things towards recovery from burnout'.

And the premise remains the same: what works for me might not work for you.

This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who sings while wearing headphones. She doesn't mean to. It just happens.  Find out more about Megan

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