Today – “Select 2 music video’s that help you and your mental stability when you listen to it. Also, describe how those songs make you feel?”
I hope it’s okay that I chose a couple more than two songs (since I realize this is a perfect opportunity for me to finally start the “Monthly Mixtape” I have been meaning to get around to for ages…)
Even though I’ve never explicitly done music therapy, I’ve found music to be incredibly helpful in my mental health journey and I don’t think you necessarily need to see a specialist to be able to appreciate some of its many benefits.
It’s been gratifying to see how gaining personal insight has led me to begin to regularly use music as a constructive coping mechanism over the past year. As I’ve come to discover how specific songs & genres can help temper my emotions in a safe way, my phone has filled up with uniquely-named playlists for many of my different moods.
When my emotions are intense (likely meaning I’ve been suppressing them for too long) > It’s time to scroll through those songs that you can really feel. The ones that make you want to shout or cry or leave you with goosebumps. If I desperately need a safe way to express myself, I can turn to music for that catharsis.
When my confidence is low I can benefit from blasting those shameless 90s/2000s girl-pop hits that can get me out of the house and strutting my stuff to the library.
Other times it’s a matter of remembering that you’re not alone – and there’s often no substitute for the validating poetic words from someone who has been there before. (21 Songs that Make me Feel Less Alone).
Music also helps encourage me to use opposite action, if I’m feeling lethargic but could really benefit from getting off the couch, a motivating pump-up playlist might be the way to go! (36 Upbeat Songs that lift my spirits).
How do you guys use music to help you cope?
1. “Cranes in the Sky” – Solange
2. “Don’t Save Me” – Haim
3. “Recovery” – Broods
4. “Don’t Swallow the Cap” – The National
“I’m not alone / I’ll never be / And to the bone / I’m evergreen”
5. “Wildflowers” – Tom Petty
“You belong among the wildflowers / You belong in a boat out at sea / You belong with your love on your arm / You belong somewhere you feel free”
6. “Be as You Are” – Mike Posner
“There are moments when you fall to the ground / But you are stronger than you feel you are now / You don’t always have to speak so loud, no / Just be as you are”
7. “Put Your Records On” – Corrine Bailey Rae
“Maybe sometimes we feel afraid, but it’s all right / The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change / Don’t you think it’s strange?”