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Mental health and music

I’m sure we all have heard the phrase “music is good for the soul” once in our life time. It’s such a cliche thing to say, but now that is have been scientifically proven, maybe we should actually pay attention to it.

Listening to music releases the feel good chemical ‘dopamine’ (it even sounds soothing!) into the brain, giving us the feels. Music that has a tempo of 60 bpm (beats per minute) increases the efficiency of the brain in processing information.

When you’re in love, you tend to listen to soppy love songs. When you’re sad, you tend to listen to sad songs. (I know some people do the opposite, maybe I’m just strange!) You put something lively on when you want to get motivated.  Music has been a savior for me personally, I suffer with panic attacks (thank fully, not as often any more) and anxiety. Whenever I feel a panic attack coming on, I’ll pop on some Zen music (I will link the one I listen to at the end of this post) and it will immediately help me unwind and relax, the sound takes me to a beach with lapping water. (Like this picture taken on holiday)

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I bet you’ve been listening to a song before and thought, “wow, this person thinks and feels how I do!” and I’m sure that person does. In fact, I bet that person you’re listening to just sat down and wrote EXACTLY how they were feeling at the time, and put it into a song. Maybe they didn’t intend for it to be a song, but even just writing how you’re feeling can help you say things maybe you find difficult verbally, almost like keeping a diary of how you’re feeling. You could do this too, if you can play an instrument, why not create a beat to go with your words?

Music helps you socialise with people you maybe never would, I’ve struck up conversations with people who like the same bands I do, but I have also had conversations (more like a debate, especially when they are tearing your favourite band down!) with people who don’t like my favourite bands. But hey, it’s socialising nonetheless.

Music for me is motivating too, I have my own playlist for cleaning (Yep, you heard it.. a very old woman move) especially as it does have Wham on it. But it really motivates me and makes the jobs seem less of a chore. Is there anything better than having a sing-song when you’re vacuuming??! (think Break Free – Queen) if Freddie did it, then it’s okay.

Of course, listening to music can just be as simple as needing an escape, blocking out the sounds of the world around you. I think my reasoning behind this post was to let others know that something as simple as a song can really make you feel less alone, even though you don’t actually know the person you’re listening to, you feel like you do. You form a bond with the band/artist. They’re singing the words you feel, and to me that’s like therapy.. like someone is telling you everything is going to be just fine.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without” – Confucius

Zen music link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGiH6oUDXVg

If you feel like music just isn’t doing it for you, and you need a little bit more help along the way, check out these links.

http://www.mind.org.uk/

http://www.samaritans.org/

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

https://www.rethink.org/

http://www.sane.org.uk/

http://www.together-uk.org/

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

Lindsey Thompson. (Please share this blog post if it has helped you or you know someone who it could help!)

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