Songs to pump you up for work
Research suggests that music can benefit physical and mental health in many ways. Music can help reduce stress, elevate mood, improve cognitive performance, reduce anxiety and help people perform better in high-pressure situations.
When getting ready for her shift, Tracey Sondag, a registered nurse and charge nurse for pediatrics and outpatient infusion at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., looks for upbeat, inspiring songs that relay a positive message and leave her in a good mood.
“I like listening to Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips,” says Sondag. “The attitude I bring to work directly affects my patients, and this song is inspiring and reminds me that I am helping people every shift.”
Sondag has found, however, that “sappy” or “angry” songs tend to have too slow of a beat or too much negativity in the lyrics.
“I need the opposite of that to get me in the right frame of mind for work,” Sondag says.
Sondag enjoys listening to audio books after a long or difficult day at work.
“Audio books are often read in a soothing tone and I treat them as an escape from reality for my 45-minute commute home,” says Sondag.
Sondag suggests the following songs to start off your work shift:
- Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon
- Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips
- All the Small Things by Blink 182
- My First Kiss by 3OH!3
- Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield
- Timber by Pitbull
What are your favorite songs to get ready for a work day?
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