The new tear can be an exciting time, but it can also bring its share of stress as we find ourselves falling off the resolution wagon and having trouble getting back into work-mode after the holidays. It's a time when expectations are high, but reality is often lagging behind. If you're suffering from the winter blues, music can be a powerful mood-lifter. Below is a list of my favorite self-compassion songs--songs that can help to increase feelings of self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness, self-compassion's core elements. They're not necessarily the most cheerful songs, but research shows that listening to mood-congruent music can actually be more soothing than listening to upbeat music if you're feeling down—the music is like a sympathetic friend who empathizes with what you're going through.
1. Angel, Sarah McLachlan