What’s on your working daughter playlist? When my mother was in hospice, I would sometimes dread going to see her. I never knew what I was walking into. Would she wake up while I was there? Would we have a nice talk or would she be sad? Could I power through another night with no dinner after a long day at work?
On my drive to the hospice home, in order to psyche myself up, I would blast the same song in my car and I would sing along at the top of my lungs. It was a catchy song called “She’s So Gone” from a Disney Channel movie, Lemonade Mouth, that I had watched with my kids. The song is about a girl , once underestimated, who is saying goodbye to her old self and announcing her new-found strength. At the time, it resonated. I never knew I had the strength to do the things I was called on to do as a caregiver. And I knew my caregiving experiences would change me – ultimately making me stronger.
What about you? Do you have a caregiving anthem? Neuroscientists have proven that listening to music increases the positive emotions people feel. And when you sing, you send musical vibrations through your body. So may I suggest one of these 10 songs to boost your spirits and power you through your toughest caregiving days? Go ahead, sing it loud, and sing it proud!
The Working Daughter Playlist
Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
This Girl Is On Fire – Alicia Keys
Fight Song – Rachel Platten
I’m Every Woman – Chaka Kahn
Perfect – Pink
Firework – Katy Perry
I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
This Is for My Girls – Kelly Clarkson, Chloe x Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland & Zendaya
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Get the list on Spotify.