I’m betting that everyone reading this likes music! Even since ancient times people have used music to influence or express how they feel. When I was younger I would listen to sad songs when I was sad. It really fed that feeling for me. I don’t do that anymore and, looking back, I wonder why I would feed into my depression by listening to depressing music. I spoke to someone recently about that and they said that they still listen to sad music when they feel sad; that it helps them work through the feeling.
Music can be a distraction, taking our minds off sad or stressful things and placing them on something more pleasant. As we listen to music, we become involved in its melody, lyrics, and rhythm, all of which can divert our attention away from our problems and give us a welcome break.
The way we feel can be altered by listening to certain songs. It is possible for us to feel happier, more energized, and more motivated when we listen to music that is uplifting and positive. On the other hand, listening to sorrowful music can assist us in working through and expressing our feelings as it does for my friend.
Possessing musical talent—whether in playing an instrument, singing, or dancing—allows us to express ourselves in ways that words alone cannot. I know someone who is quite shy and experiences social anxiety, yet she sings almost anywhere and anytime.
It has been found that music therapy can help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and those with dementia or Alzheimer’s connect with memories and emotions.
In sum, music is a tool that can help heal. For many of us, music can provide comfort and relief in times of stress and difficulty by acting as an emotional balm, a means of expression, a bonding agent, or a diversionary tactic. Maybe the next time you’re going through a challenging situation, consider listening to music for the solace it may provide. Better yet, create a playlist that you can listen to every day!