The #1 Way To Get That Stupid Song Out Of Your Head: Part 2

The #1 Way To Get That Stupid Song Out Of Your Head

(It’s Not What You Think) Part 2

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In part 1 we learned what we call that stupid song that’s stuck in your head. It’s called an “earworm”. You hear it over and over again and it drives you crazy.

Now we know some of the causes and effects an earworm can have on someone.

Let’s dive a bit deeper and then learn how to treat this condition so we can get rid of that song!

Do Earworms go Away on Their Own?

Earworms go away on their own, just as quickly as they appear. As you go about your day, you may realize that you don’t hear that stupid song in your head. Problem solved.

Is There a Cure for Earworms?

Earworms can’t be cured like an illness or disease. An earworm is an underlying effect of your brain’s interpretation of feelings and emotions.

Simply hearing a song you haven’t heard in years can create an earworm.

There is nothing there to cure. If earworms become intrusive and disruptive, it can be a sign of an underlying issue, and you should consult with a professional.

Is There a Treatment for Earworms?

Earworms are not considered an illness and therefore do not require treatment. A Mental Health Expert should explore feelings of depression and anxiety accompanying earworms. If you’re not sure what to do, consulting with your physician is an excellent place to start.

How do I Get Rid of Earworms?

There are a few ways to get that stupid song out of your head that doesn’t involve a therapist or getting a lobotomy. The following methods are simple and effective in getting rid of earworms.

#1) Chewing Gum

Chewing the gum replaces the replay of the earworm in your mind.

It sounds a bit silly, but chewing gum can break up the rhythm of the earworm by diverting the focus from the song to the chewing motion.

Remember that walking and chewing gum can be dangerous, so be careful. ( I kid ).

#2) Eraser Song

Sometimes it’s as easy as fighting a song with another song.

Pick a tune that you love and rock it out! Crank up the volume and sing like you’re at a concert. Grab the air guitar and strum along or pound your fist to the beat of the drum.

Eraser songs can lift your spirits and help relieve stress, so go for it!

#3) Puzzles

Soduku, Wordle, and anagram puzzles like Boggle are a great way to get your mind off the earworm.

The brain changes focus from the song to the solving of the puzzle. Crossword and jigsaw puzzles are an option but are less effective than word-associated games.

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#4) Reading

Although not as effective as puzzles or eraser songs, reading a novel or an in-depth magazine article is an excellent way to take your mind off an earworm.

Try singing a song aloud while reading a book, and you’ll see what I mean.

The #1 Way to get that Stupid Song Out of Your Head

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The brain is a computer that interprets sights, sounds, and emotions. Our brains are the problem-solving detectives of life.

Everybody likes a good mystery, and the brain is no exception.

The #1 way to get that stupid song out of your head is to dive deeper into the earworm.

What’s the music that repeats in your mind? Is it a song you know or just a melody you remember?

Do you know the words to the song or just a few lines?

Get the music any way you can. Listen to the music and understand the words.

If you’re not sure of the lyrics, then you can Google the song to get them.

Your brain may be identifying with the part of the song or lyrics that trigger memories or emotions. You may realize why you are getting this particular earworm by studying the lyrics.

Your brain may be stuck remembering the song and needs a bit of help.

If you’re unsure of the song’s name or the artist, then you can use the Google app to figure it out.

Bring up the Google app on your phone and press the microphone icon.

The following window opens, and at the bottom, there is a tab for ” search a song.” When you press the button, the app will listen as you hum or sing a few lines of the song.

Wait a few seconds, and the song options list will appear, and you can search through the results to find the earworm song.

Other apps perform the same tasks, such as Shazam ask, Siri, and Alexa. Give them all a try until you find the app that best suits you.

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Sometimes your brain needs a nudge to help solve the mystery.

Once you explored the earworm, listened to the song, and read the lyrics, you could find an answer.

Your brain will have a better understanding that will help you discover the root cause of the earworm.

How do I Stop Earworms from Returning?

Earworms can happen at any time.

There is no one thing that someone can do to prevent them.

You can take some steps to maintain a healthy mental state which, in turn, diminishes earworm episodes.

#1) Maintain Your Brain

Your brain needs stimulation from time to time.

  • Try reading more books and interesting newspaper articles to stay engaged in current events and social issues.
  • Do more puzzle-solving to exercise your brain and improve cognitive skills.

The brain is a muscle; if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

Studies have shown that people who stimulate their brains more as they age results in brain level functions ten years younger than their actual age.

#2) Get Healthier

Diet and exercise have been proven to improve cognitive awareness.

A study group showed that people who maintained a healthy diet combined with aerobic exercise 3 times a week had more than 31% improved brain skills and lowered their risk of dementia even more.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, subjects that don’t follow a healthy diet and never exercise are more prone to develop dementia and lesser brain function.

#3) Get Happier

Removing stress from your life will go a long way in maintaining a healthy brain.

Scientists have shown that being happy lowers cortisol levels and increases serotonin, which has a calming effect on the brain and increases feelings of well-being.

Maintaining happy relationships reduces feelings of isolation and sadness and has been proven to improve mental health.

 

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What If I Can’t Get Rid of Earworms?

If you have tried some of the listed solutions and nothing seems to work, then it’s time to talk to a professional.

There’s nothing wrong with seeking advice or consulting with a health care provider about any issues you are having.

Most medium to large-sized businesses has Human Resources departments that maintain strict confidentiality policies by law, and are a great place to go when seeking information about mental health issues.

Sometimes just talking with a professional about your problems is a great way to relieve stress and emotions that are bottled up inside. A Counselor can help get to the bottom of your earworms and resolve underlying issues.

The Future Sounds Great!

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When you started, you were wondering about those pesky earworms you were having and what they meant.

You weren’t sure if they were a problem or just an annoyance.

But now we know some of the causes of earworms and what they potentially represent.

Now you know the #1 way to get that stupid song out of your head, so you can get back to enjoying life.

Can’t get a song out of your head? Let me know what it is. Please share this post, and let’s see what songs people are hearing.

 

Resources: You can learn more about mental health by clicking the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm

Don’t forget to read PART 1!! The #1 Way To Get That Stupid Song Out Of Your Head Part 1

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