Sports teams psyche themselves up before a match with a hearty bout of group chanting. Think: the All Blacks rugby team performing the Haka. (Try not to think of chunky thighs and firm muscles…)
So when Writers’ Block arrives and I need to motivate myself, I play music – LOUDLY – through headphones to activate my brain and raise my vibration; and waddya know – there is a science to this.
Apparently the right kind of music engages our sympathetic nervous system – it flushes the brain with dopamine, which makes us feel good, and also helps release norepinephrine, which brings about euphoria.
Any of the following will work for me:
♪ Can’t Rely on You — Paloma Faith
♪ Rock DJ — Robbie Williams
♪ Lovin’ Each Day — Ronan Keating
♪ I just want to dance the night away — the Mavericks
♪ Big Yellow Tax — Counting Crows
♪ Hidden Agenda — Craig David
♪ Pencil full of Lead — Paulo Nutini
♪ Upside Down — Jack Johnson
♪ Wish I — Jem
♪ Riviera Life — Caro Emerald
♪ Hounds of Love — Kate Bush
♪ I still haven’t found what I’m looking for — U2
What music does it for you?