How to Ease Your Mental Health with Music
Mental health is such an important issue, and one that we really don’t pay enough attention to. One very interesting connection is the one between music and mental health. We listen to music every day – whether through choice or not – and the ways in which it can impact us are quite incredible. To show you just how amazing music is, we have compiled a few ways for you to ease your mind and mental health using music in everyday situations. Take a look and see what you think.
#1 Listen to it as Much as Possible
The longer you listen to music, the better you are going to feel, and this is especially true for conditions like depression. This is because music helps to produce more serotonin, assisting in boosting your mood and giving your day a little more sunshine. It’s not going to replace medication, but listening to good songs whenever you can help in the long-run.
#2 Plug in When You Feel Anxious
Anxiety is awful, but many of us have to try and get through it each day. If you feel an attack creeping up, plug your headphones in and listen to some music that has a soft and steady beat. Slow songs are great for lowering cortisol (the stress hormone), which also means your blood pressure and heart rate get some good treatment too. You’ll be left feeling calmer in no time at all.
#3 Take it on Commutes
If you are unfortunate enough to commute during the busy periods, all the people and noise can be quite overwhelming. However, if you have your headphones with you, then there is a whole new world you can escape to. Press play and close your eyes, allowing yourself to sit back and be surrounded by the music. With your cortisol levels lowering, there will be nothing but tranquillity while you wait to arrive at your stop.
#4 Share it with Friends
One of the best things you can do is share your music with friends. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have a mental health condition, it is good to stay social and enjoy tracks together whenever you can. Mental health can be isolating, and so it is important that you remember to hang out with your friends regularly so that you don’t end up missing the interaction.
#5 Consider Music Therapy
Music therapy is available for both adults and children, and it allows you to find new and healthy ways of expressing yourself and repressed emotions. You can choose to create music, or listen to it while performing creative tasks, just as you can have group sessions or private ones. It is an inclusive form of therapy that anyone can join in with (and the instruments are very basic). With no pressure to talk to the therapist, it is a very relaxed form of counselling.
Hopefully, this has shown you just how connected music and mental health are. There are so many little things you can do throughout the day in order to calm your mind with it, as well as some larger commitments that are sure to help. If music and mental health is a subject that you find interesting and you want to learn more, you simply have to take the time to read through our detailed and researched article on the topic – there are quite a few interesting facts in there.
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