• Michelle Dawn Mooney

Monday Night Music Therapy

Happy Monday everyone! I know the clock is ticking down on this first day of the work week, but I was compelled to do a little late night writing in the hopes that the little sliver of bliss I just experienced could be passed on to you.

Before I share tonight's recipe for relaxation, let me preface it by saying that I know it may not be realistic for some of you without a little planning. You may have all the right ingredients, but you might just not have the time. Truth be told, I had a rare night with the house to myself tonight, but what I'm about to share can really be as simple as you need it to be.

Mondays can be tough. Getting back to work, getting kids ready for summer weekday activities, scheduling your week, meeting deadlines, starting new projects, pledging to embark on new diet, gym, self preservation plans only to fall short. Ok, that last one is all about me, but I'm sure there are some of you out there who can relate. After a girls weekend in Pennsylvania to celebrate the marriage of a good friend, we were all determined to get back to our healthy eating plans starting today - because what diet doesn't start on a Monday. Things started out great at breakfast, but took an ugly turn when I couldn't resist a chocolate Twinkie and some Hostess Crumb Cakes ... aka lunch. I've admitted my defeat and have my eyes on tomorrow to try again.

In the meantime, I wanted to take a different approach to winding down tonight. After hours of computer work I decided to shut down my laptop, take a shower and - here's the key - turn on some of my favorite music. It may seem ridiculously simple, but I can't stress enough how therapeutic adding this component can be to what is a common ritual for many of us.

So, I lit a candle, grabbed a towel, turned on my favorite Ella Fitzgerald station and before I knew it I was lost in paradise with the hot water washing all of my cares away as I was swept up in the music for the next 20 minutes. I could have stayed in there for an hour, but considering we're always getting on the kids for taking marathon showers, I figured I would practice what I preach. ;)

Yes, the music is still on as I write this, with Frank Sinatra's "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" playing in the background. It sounds crazy, but I almost feel like I've been to the spa. The tv is off, the dog is asleep and I'm pretty sure I will be out as soon as my head hits the pillow.

So, even if you have the tightest schedule, try to carve out even 10 - 15 minutes before bed where you can turn up your speakers or pop in your earbuds and let some relaxing music prepare you for what hopefully will be a restorative night of slumber that will have you feeling refreshed and ready to go when the alarm goes of. On second thought, let’s not even think about that alarm right now...let’s think about that tomorrow. ;) Sweet dreams!

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