(Inside: Best relaxing songs to calm your racing-mom-brain and renew your energy. Here is a relaxing songs playlist of 5 of my favorite music to calm and soothe.)
My son’s head lay on my arm as his little body nestled into the curve of mine. He drifted off to sleep against me, glad I’d stayed with him for a few minutes after his tuck-in.
As my son nodded off, I did the exact opposite.
I stared at shadows, replayed the day, added to my to-do list… As I let my thoughts wander, I could feel the stress building up. My stomach knotted as I thought of the stack of high school papers left to grade. I remembered the next morning I’d be forgoing my early-morning-me-time because my son needed to be at middle school early to retake his math test. (Bear in mind, I am a math teacher – let that irony sink in.) With each thought, I tensed up a little more.
Then a song popped on my son’s radio that halted my attention…
“Lord I need you, oh I need you…”
The relaxing song coaxed me to pay attention. To quit looking in, but instead, look up…
“Every hour, I need you…”
I felt myself flip my hand to an upward position. My palm lay flat representing my open heart…and open ears as it faced heaven.
There was a warmth in the air…a presence of the holy spirit as I simply repeated the words songs like a prayer, “Lord, I need you, oh I need you.”
The gripping stress began to crack and fall off like acorns from a tree.
“Every hour, I need you…”
The words washed over me. I took in deep breaths…five seconds in, hold for a minute, then five seconds out. Slowly, very slowly…
Then, I continued laying still with open palms towards my Maker and an open heart letting the truths of the lyrics pour in. My brain began to remember that this life is about so much more than my worries, the things that give me stress. My worries couldn’t compete with that kind of wonder. That kind of attention-getting and soothing feelings from our Creator.
As the song came to a close, I could feel my son breathing sleep against my arm. I slinked my arm out from under him and slipped out of the room.
I felt peace.
I felt refreshed.
And I felt the power of a God who loves us enough to comfort me through music.
5 Best Songs to Make Your Day Better
Have you been there too? Letting the busyness of life overwhelm you? Feeling guilty about something? Or in pain? Try the technique I stumbled upon: lay in your bed, put your palms up and let God comfort you through one (or all) of these songs.
When you need direction
“When I try and pray, all I get is hurt, and these four words…thy…will…be…done…”
When you need forgiveness
“There’s nothing too dirty…that God can’t make worthy…”
When you need to be reminded you are not alone
“Now the lights are on…I see you were never gone…”
When you’re looking for peace
“It is well, with my soul.”
When you need a friend
“Lord, I need you oh I need you…”
Your Turn: What are your favorite best relaxing songs?
What did I miss? What are your favorite best relaxing songs? Leave them in the comments or send me an email. (Find my email in the about section of this page.)
Read the Full Series on Self-Care & Inspiration for Moms
Why is self-care so hard for moms? Y’all, I ignored it for so long, that I had an epic mom crash. (I talk about it over here.) I never want to go there again, so it’s game on, self-care!
I recently listened to a podcast by the author of my favorite book on creativity (affiliate link), Liz Gilbert, where she talked about how she feels like she has been given the divine responsibility of being in charge of “Liz,” so needs to do what’s best for “Liz.”
Okay, I hope I don’t mess up the interpretation of what she said too much, but let me tell you how it went into my heart…
God gives us the sacred responsibility of taking care of ourselves. So, I need to see myself in the 3rd person. I need to step outside of myself and say, “Cheryl doesn’t need to be doing that. She’s done enough..she needs sleep, or to say ‘no,’ or to sit and pet her beloved dog.”
For this go-go-go, do-all-the-things girl, that way of explaining our self-obligation was powerful. Self-care is vital. We better serve our families and communities when we are in a good place. So, be encouraged by the full series on self-care and other inspiration for moms.
Self-care & Inspiration for Moms Series
INSPIRATION TO REFUEL MOMS
Christian Meditations for Busy Moms Just Like You
60+ Encouraging and Inspirational Best Books for Mothers
Need Hope? Look for it – Hope will Always Come Back to You
SELF-CARE IN THE CHAOS
8 Reasons Why “Me Time” for Moms is Good FOR YOUR KIDS
The Power of Finding Peace and Joy In the Choas of Momlife
Good Parenting Skills: The Single Best Thing Parents Can Do
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.