Many believe that music has no benefit than simply to entertain us or create an ambience in the air but music can in fact be a great tool for many of our daily lives including the ability to lift depression. In this blog post we are going to discuss music, its affect on our brain and what music you choose to listen to is so important in helping you in your battle with depression.
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 founder’s past, when he was going through his own battle of mind 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 and able to tackle any challenge that came his way and you too can use music in this way.
But why does music help someone with depression?
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 a greater effect at reducing anxiety than taking tablets designed to reduce anxiety (please seek medical advice before changing medication as this is not medical advice this is just research and you should always seek a GPs advice).
An example of the way music can reduce anxiety is when the founder of BoM 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 but also evoked courageous emotions giving him the ability to go into environments he dredded but with feelings of courage and strength rather than ones of weakness and hopelessness.
Music can boost motivation, concentration, memory and attention
When you are depressed it is difficult, if not impossible to get motivated and focus on a task for any length of time but 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 in your life as they may have emotional connections to people, places and events you may not be ready to visit 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, I think it is really important to have your music readily available with as little effort to listen to music as possible so I created a YouTube Playlist of all music that I believe is motivational, positive, uplifting or has a good feeling about it. You can see it below but I think you should create your own too!
If you are unsure how to do this in my next vlog I will be taking you through how to create your own playlists and what to consider when selecting your music by showing you examples of what might be ok to add to your list and what to avoid.
Has music helped play a part in your recovery? Please comment below