Many believe that music has no benefit than simply to entertain us or create an ambience. Although true, it isn’t the complete picture. Music, can in fact be a great tool for managing our emotions in many of our daily lives. Positive music helps depression. In this blog post we discuss music, its affect on our brains and why what music you choose to listen to is so important in helping you in overcoming your painful emotions and improving mental wellbeing.
Music IS emotional.
Love, anger, regret, happiness, sadness, loss, motivation. Every emotion you can think of can be represented in musical form and depending upon what you listen to can either be a positive for you or lead you to having a negative experience for the rest of the day and why it is important to be aware of what music you are choosing to listen to.
In the Seek A Therapy founder’s past, when he was going through his own challenges he used music as a powerful emotive and motivational tool to push him into places he didn’t really want to be. By using music he was able to change his negative mind into a positive and forward thinking one. He was able to tackle any challenge that came his way. Music can help you to do this too if you select the right music.
Positive music helps depression, but why?
According to a study published in “Trends in Cognitive Sciences,” patients who listened to music – instead of taking the usual anti-anxiety drugs – demonstrated lower levels of cortisol: a hormone that brings about stress.
This research undertook by research is quite an incredible statement. Music can have as great an effect at reducing anxiety as taking tablets designed to reduce anxiety. (Please seek medical advice before changing medication. This is not medical advice this is just research. You should always seek a GPs advice).
An example of the way music can reduce anxiety is when the founder of Seek A Therapy had previously had bad experiences in a working environment but would listen to the music by Hans Zimmer ‘Now we are free’, the theme song from Gladiator.
This song, although not english, had a very soothing effect on his mind. It evoked courageous emotions giving him the ability to go into environments he dreaded. With feelings of courage and strength rather than ones of weakness and hopelessness.
Music can boost motivation, concentration, memory and attention
It is difficult to find motivation when you have depression. Focusing on a task for any length of time is just as hard. According to examinedexistence.com music can boost motivation and concentration simply by arousing a better mood.
Choose to listen to music that makes you feel great not regret!
No matter what , this is an order, when you are depressed, you MUST NEVER LISTEN TO MUSIC THAT BRINGS YOU DOWN OR HAS SAD OR DEMEANING LYRICS, instead you must listen to music that you know lifts your spirits , calms you or motivates you and is full of positive words.
Avoid songs that remind you of past hurts or loss
Also, until you are in a better place, try to avoid songs that remind you of previous times. Those songs may have emotional connections to people, places and events you may not be ready to revisit at this stage of your healing.
Instead, listen to songs that make you smile like good vibrations the beach boys, make you laugh such as gangnam style or give you a sense of power like rockers foo fighters walk again and motivation to help push you forward like the founder did with ‘now you are free’ will help you feel so much better and give you motivation to take action to further improve your mental health, it may even lead you into creating a list of things you need to do to improve your life or invigorate you enough to exercise.
Create your own YouTube Playlist
Lastly, it is really important to have your music readily available with little effort. Listen to the seek a therapy music playlist below. It is music that at Seek A Therapy has motivated us. We believe music can be motivational, positive, uplifting or helps us feel a bit better about things.
This is ours, but we believe you should create your own positive playlist too!
Has music helped play a part in your recovery ? Please comment below