What Happens When an Introvert Stops Practicing Self-Care

What Happens When an Introvert Stops Practicing Self-Care

To tell this story, I need to take you back in time to last summer. I had just taken a HUGE step in my self-care journey by deciding to no longer teach lessons, so it seemed like I was on the right track. Add to that the mornings I dedicated to biking (my preferred choice of exercise) plus the personal development podcasts I listened to regularly, and I felt like a master of self-care.

I also felt like there was no better time to tackle one of my big goals: creating a course about how introverts can thrive in an extroverted career like music therapy. I sat down and created an editorial calendar — one that I thought was extremely reasonable and also allowed time for other pursuits.

As I dove into course creation mode, I realized just how big of an undertaking it really was. Since I was so passionate about the subject matter, I wanted to put 100% into every aspect of the course. Creating the outlines and writing the chapters were the most stressful tasks, though I loved every minute.

What I didn’t realize was the extent to which creating this course was taking priority over everything else in my life. I’ve let this happen in the past, so you’d think I would have noticed the signs…but I didn’t. I was going through the motions of riding my bike, taking care of my children, and attending to other work responsibilities, but my heart wasn’t in it. I wasn’t letting all of those things do what they should have done for me, which was to nourish my body and soul.

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{Song Video} Polar Bear

Polar Bear | Rhythmic Pattern Song for Children | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

Tap-tap-clap, tap-tap-clap…that’s the body rhythm pattern that accompanies the verses of this catchy winter song. We change things up during the chorus, rubbing our hands together to create that swishy swimming sound as the polar bear glides through the sea.

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30 Songs I’m Singing With Older Adults in Music Therapy

25 Songs I'm Singing With Older Adults in Music Therapy

Here’s a little-known fact: when I set out to become a music therapist, I had no intention of working with children. My heart was with older adults, after witnessing the power of music with my grandma, who had Alzheimer’s Disease. My first practicum experience in a nursing home during graduate school only further solidified my plans.

But as I gained more experience working with children, I had a change of heart. Helping them achieve their goals through music is what brought me the most joy, so I pursued an internship that served mainly children. From that point on, it was clear that I had found my dream population.

Fast forward a little over 10 years to this past December, when my private practice was contacted by a memory care center in a nearby city. They wanted to offer music therapy services to their residents as soon as possible, and I surprised myself by offering to personally take on the contract for the time being.

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New Habits for the New Year

New Habits for a New Year | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

This year, instead of setting huge goals for myself, I came up with some habits I wanted to instill that are in line with my word for 2018 — JOY. None of these action items are brand new to my life, but the difference is that now I’m holding myself accountable.

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12 Goal-Based Winter Songs for Children

Last week as I was finishing up some new songs for my early childhood classes, I realized that I’ve written and recorded a ridiculous number of songs about winter. The irony in this is that winter is my LEAST favorite of all the seasons, as I’ve told you many times before.

Nonetheless, winter is a very real thing here in the Midwest, and for some reason, seems to last longer than any other season. So all of my winter songs get LOTS of use in my classes, groups, and music therapy sessions.

I know I’m not the only one in this boat, which is exactly why I decided to bundle up my favorites into one nice little package. Although all of the songs are based around the theme of winter, they also address a variety of goals, objectives, and skills.

Just a few include simple sign language, counting, speech goals, instrument play, academic concepts, body part identification, sequencing, and gross motor movement.

I dubbed this Winter Song Week, because all week long, I’ve shared a video featuring one of the songs from the pack. You can learn more about them as well as listen in the videos below!

For the full list of songs included in my Winter Song Pack, and to grab them for yourself, click here.

While winter definitely is not my favorite topic, singing about it is much better than complaining ;) Oh, and if you live in a place where ice and snow isn’t an issue, consider me a tad bit jealous!

Namaste on New Year’s Day

Namaste on New Year's Day | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

Happy New Year! I wanted to start 2018 with a little zen, so I snuck off to yoga class first thing this morning. Little did I know that my kids would be eagerly waiting for me to get home so that we could have our own living room yoga session.

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My Word for 2018

My Word for 2018 | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if my word for 2018 would reveal itself to me before the New Year began. As I shared in my previous post, I didn’t want to overthink or force it — rather, I decided to trust that it would come naturally.

And it did! Last night while my husband and I were watching a movie, it popped into my brain as clear as could be. JOY. There it was! The funny thing is that it was SO obvious, and has come up multiple times this month in different ways.

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Reflecting on 2017

Reflecting on 2017 | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

I hope you had a very merry Christmas! This holiday season has been intense and busy, but also filled with joy and celebration. There’s nothing like experiencing the magic of the holidays with my children, especially at their current ages of 2 and 4.

I’m so thankful to have this week before the New Year to spend at home with my kids before we all get back into the swing of school and work. Although they have definitely kept me on my toes (and busy cleaning up endless messes), I’ve had some time to reflect on the past year.

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A Grateful December

Carrying My Gratitude Into December | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

November was a really good month. Even alongside some professional challenges, the stress of traveling, and a very full calendar, I felt more grounded and happier than usual. I can only attribute that to writing my 23 Days of Gratitude series, which forced me to focus on the wonderful things in my life every day leading up to Thanksgiving.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 23 – Thanksgiving

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 23 - Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the culmination of 22 daily expressions of gratitude, and it is only fitting that my final post focuses on my inspiration for this series.

There will be plenty of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie today, but most importantly, I’ll be surrounded by family. I’m grateful that Thanksgiving gives me the opportunity to celebrate the very best part of my life.

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