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This morning I had a message from a very dear friend, Sarah, suggesting music and motivation for a blog post.

Funnily enough, I had a conversation just yesterday with another friend about the effects of music and how powerful it can be.

A song can evoke many feelings and memories, taking you right back to that moment.

Being a leader, you need to ensure you keep yourself balanced. Looking after your wellbeing is important. This means eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. I also find that music can really motivate, inspire or calm me.

I recommend regularly taking a moment to listen to some music, particularly if you feel your mood is in need of a little boost. Whether you need to sing along, or close your eyes and absorb the melody and lyrics, do what is best for you.

I have quite a varied taste in music, but here are a few suggestions of songs that can help me – whether it is due to the beat, voice, or a memory it brings me…

I generally find something upbeat motivates me, currently songs like:

Happy‘ – Pharrell Williams

What makes you beautiful‘ – One Direction

Firework‘ – Katy Perry

We found love‘ – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

Stronger (What doesn’t kill you)‘ – Kelly Clarkson

The World’s Greatest‘ – R Kelly

Make me smile (come up and see me)‘ – Steve Harley

Something that calms and relaxes me?

Thinking out loud‘ – Ed Sheeran

Come away with me‘ – Norah Jones

I see the light‘ – Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi

Are you with me‘ – Lost Frequencies

See you again‘ – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Take it easy‘ – Eagles

Hold back the river‘ – James Bay

Everything is fine‘ – Josh Turner

Sunshine on my shoulders‘ – John Denver

What songs motivate or relax you?