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Country Songs about Not Stressing

 

Have you walked through life feeling trapped only to discover you were the one who caged yourself?

Are you quietly answering Yes or  No to this question? I’ll take a general guess on the averages; if you’re a younger person reading this, I’ll jump out and say most of you are answering No; if you’re an older person, one who’s lived 45 years and beyond, I’ll guess that most are answering yes. Hey, there are always exceptions!

The age split I’m anticipating on ‘the yes’ versus ‘the no’ crowd has nothing to do with being young and having less to feel ‘caged’ about. Instead, it’s based on the assumption that age, wisdom, and often difficult self-analysis lead us to one of the greatest secrets to life, that ‘we are the only ones who CAN trap ourselves.’ To fully appreciate the power of that statement, think of historical figures who have been wrongly imprisoned, yet their mind, their true self, could never be caged unless they allowed it. Nelson Mandela, the inspirational gift of our time, was the most remarkable example.

The Poem that helped Nelson Mandela Get Through 27 Years of Prison:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus, by William Ernest Henley

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The Power of the Mind is a complicated concept to wrap our heads around! Taking control of our thoughts can seem foreign until we try it. It’s like building any muscle in our body..the mind-muscle can be shaped and trained. I’m not a doctor of the mind (obviously!). However, I do practice mindful thought. Sometimes, controlling and directing my thoughts is easy, and when it isn’t, I keep trying. Here are some personal techniques I use to get myself out of a funk:

  1. When I’m worried or stressed about a life event, problem, crisis … you name it… I actively STOP my mind from rehashing the worry or event over and over. There was a time when I believed this technique impossible and thought it was complete hogwash! I’ve since learned that the only hogwash was my short-sighted thinking. One of the exercises I practice when my mind is running away with stress, worry, and unproductive thoughts, is repeating something of my own choosing over and over and over in my head until the worry/stress/ thought is completely drowned out; pick your repeat-thought..mine is usually a prayer or one single inspirational word. I use this prayer or word to drown out my negative thoughts.
  2. I’ll use headphones and inspirational music whenever possible. I don’t choose sad, depressing, or negative song lyrics that will only feed worry and stress.
  3. I’ll try to deal with the issues head-on whenever possible. Avoidance doesn’t work for me, and dedicating scheduled time to deal with issues works best. That way I feel as though I’m working towards a resolution, solution, or am just plain moving forward instead of standing helpless in the pit of worry.
  4. I talk to my closest, most trusted friends and ask for their ear – My friends and I do this for each other. I used to be very bad at discussing in great detail my worries and problems with friends (primarily because I didn’t want to feed those issues by talking about them). However, now, when I’m ready, I will give my innermost thoughts a way out of me, BUT it’s always with the intent of being productive, not just whining…although it may start as a dump-fest of whining and anger, ultimately my friends are the sort where something productive comes from the talk.

Number ‘1’ is my favorite. It’s the easiest to use anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t require other people or access to music or headphones; you can call upon this technique no matter what you’re doing and where you are. As an example, the other day, while taking a walk, my mind started going in the wrong direction, so I immediately called upon this technique to stop that train from leaving the station. Once I started repeating my own personal mantra over and over, halfway through the walk, I was back on track with effective thinking. If I slip into negative, useless worry …back to my mantra – rinse and repeat brain training.

So Small by Carrie Underwood, Another Country Song about Not Stressing that gives us Perspective

The lyrics to this song are a perfect reminder about what’s important in life and what we need to focus on: (Lyrics) ‘What you’ve been out there searching for forever is in your hands’  –  As the song says, when we figure out that love is all that matters after all, it sure makes everything else seem so small. – So Small – Carnival Ride

About ‘Today is Your Day’ by Shania Twain

The song was released on June 12, 2011, and was Shania Twain’s first song release in over 6 years. This uplifting tune was used as a promotional single for the documentary television series ‘Why Not? with Shania Twain (2011)’. Fans of Shania Twain can find more about her on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website.

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  1. Merry says:

    So well said Barbara, and great suggestions too. We all need to realize we can train ourselves to shut down the negative. Funny how often though thoughts come back over and over if we let them. Loved both of the songs too.

  2. Thanks Merry for the visit and the comment, very much appreciated. It’s true about how our thoughts can consume us unless we actively take control. Still amazes me that it’s possible and it works!

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