Put on Your Favourite Christmas Music and Dance to it.
I don’t know about you, but music and Christmas are inextricably linked. I have songs that take me right back to the Christmases of my youth, ones that place me on the dance floor as a curly haired teenager at too many turkey dinners and those that have come along more recently.
The link between music and memory has been well-researched. Hearing a song from your past engages a complex array of brain areas that include those for motor actions, emotions and creativity. I can swear to the triggering of emotions, since I’m infamous at home for bursting into tears seconds into a song that has become associated with melancholic thoughts. It’s a bind, especially when the song gets chosen for a big ad campaign.
Today my self-care act will be to build some more positive memories including music. I am going to put on my favourite Christmas sounds, dance around the kitchen until I am laughing with giddiness and joy, and then collapse, smiling, to wait for these happy memories to be triggered at some time in the future by the sound of the song again.
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