Various Roles That Music Can Play In Your Life

Every single time that you feel depressed, anxious, or stressed out, your initial idea may always be, “I need to set up an appointment with my psychologist ASAP.” When you lose a loved one – regardless if it’s a friend, relative or pet – and you cannot seem to accept their passing, you may also turn to a mental health professional to be able to deal with your seemingly endless grief. Of course, you might refer a colleague or family member to a psychologist once you notice that they have psychological issues that have been affecting their lives for weeks or months by now.

The reality is that there is nothing wrong with taking such an action. If we are honest, it is even recommended to see an expert when you or someone you know has a mental problem that you cannot understand. And there is practically no better individual to assess and explain what is happening to you than a psychologist.

Nonetheless, there is no way to hide the fact either that mental health professionals can only do so much to help during your healing process. They have tips and tricks up their sleeves, but they tend to offer a disclaimer as well that the effectivity of the treatment(s) will depend on your willingness to comply and follow their example. Hence, some patients end their sessions promptly, while others need to stay longer in rehab.

What Does Music Have To Do With This?

Music can never replace psychologists when it comes to helping people recover from mental disorders. However, it is known as an effective therapeutic tool that you can always turn to no matter how light or dark the situation may be. After all, there is a song for every emotion that you deal with or want to experience. If you need a little reminder of the various roles that music can play in your life and (hopefully) save you from spending thousands of dollars on therapy, you can see them below.

Distractor

The primary benefit of listening to songs is that it can serve as a distraction for you. This is especially important in times when your thoughts or the incidences that you find yourself in are egging you on to do something that you know you will regret in the end. When you are sad, for instance, you can play upbeat tunes. In case you cannot stand the quietness in the room, it is okay to tune in to hard metal, rock or electronic songs. The thumping beats can encourage your heart to pump more blood and prevent you from focusing on depressing ideas, you see.

Speaker

Although some people find it cheesy, it is true that you may treat different songs like an extension of your mind, body, and soul. The writers may pen lyrics that may have a striking resemblance to what you have been through; the singer’s voice, the piano, and other instruments blend in a way that you feel as if they are reacting on your behalf. Because of that, you may notice that the things that you cannot bear to talk about seem to get released from your system the more you listen to such songs and relate to them. A few titles that can serve as examples of these are Because of You by Kelly Clarkson, Sober by Demi Lovato, and Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande.

Motivator

When you wake up feeling blue, it is best to prepare a playlist that merely consists of music that can motivate you to stand up for yourself, do what you love, and be whoever you want to be. This set does not have to have the newest songs alone. What matters is that you can hear every word in the song and feel it boost your self-esteem.

In my opinion, this is how singers like Katy Perry and Sara Bareilles have come to stardom. Some of their hits, including FireworkRoarBrave, and Everything Changes, have made waves by encouraging the listeners, young and old, to believe in themselves. Thus, they are still being listened to by millions of people across the globe.

To Sum It All Up

No matter what type of music you choose to listen to at a particular moment, there is a high likelihood that it can be a harbinger of peace to your troubled mind. It can distract, motivate or speak for you, any of which can prevent you from stressing over things or allow you to face your problems. Then, perhaps you may not need to pay for therapy.

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Music As Your Ally In Your Online Therapy Session

There are different kinds of online therapy sessions depending on a patient’s needs. However, music therapy is catching everyone’s attention because of its light and practical approach.

“Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program,” said the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

How Does Music Therapy Work Online?

There are different approaches to online music therapy. Listed below are some of the activities that the therapist and client do to address music and non-musical goals:

Writing A Song Together

Even if the therapist and the patient are interacting online, it is still possible to write a song together. What most therapists do is to ask the client first what he or she is feeling on that instant. Once they have established this emotion, the therapist then makes him, or her tell a story—a random one. This story will be the foundation for the creation of the song.

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What usually happens with writing a song is that the therapists sometimes provide a tempo that they can use. From here, the client inserts lyrics which, as mentioned, will be based on the story presented at the start of the session.

Using Music Playlists

In the online therapy session, the therapist discusses the importance of creating a music playlist that will spark happy memories instead of those songs which hark back to the painful past.

Courtney Armstrong, a well-known music therapist, shared how she was able to get one of her clients through. One time, her client mentioned that he dreads hearing the song “I Dreamed A Dream” from the musical Les Miserables since it reminds him of his dead son. When Courtney asked for his permission to play it in one of their online therapy sessions, he panicked and declined the offer.

From here, Courtney asked his client to create a playlist which will capture the loving relationship he had with his son. He liked the idea, so he collected a few songs from his son’s favorite bands and artists. He then played this playlist in their online therapy while explaining what comes to his mind while playing the song.

Playing Instruments Together

Before the start of the session, the therapist usually asks the person to bring an instrument or sit beside it (if it’s a piano). Afterward, he or she then asks the patient to give an overview of his or her feelings throughout the day or the week. Once the therapist has analyzed what kind of emotions have been going through the client, he or she will then create a music strategy which will cater to the problems.

This music strategy involves choosing a piece that can be of help to the emotional stability of the patient. After selecting a song, the therapist then sends the musical score online so that the client can have a copy and be able to play their instruments together. It is a way for them to relax and reflect on their feelings.

Listening Actively To Music

Listening to music is different from listening actively to music. Listening to music only refers to playing songs in the background while not paying attention to it. On the other hand, listening actively to music involves listening to the lyrics, melody, and harmonies purposely.

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Music therapists let their patients listen to a song two times while in session and ask them to share how they connect to the melody and the lyrics itself. It is a way for them to be comfortable with speaking up without having to ask them direct questions.

This approach is also helpful to patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Hearing songs that are familiar to them can trigger their memory.

Benefits Of Music Therapy

Music therapy is a good strategy for online counseling. The good thing with this is that almost anyone can relate to this kind of approach and hence reap its benefits. Here’s what you’ll get once you engage in music therapy.

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  • Music helps someone process their emotions. It can make people sad, happy, relaxed, energized, and excited. It is also a way to dig deeper into someone’s feelings.
  • Science has also proven that music helps release mood-enhancing chemicals, such as endorphins and dopamine, into our body. Dopamine is a trigger to pleasure receptors while endorphins are hormones which provide a person a happy state of mind.
  • Music also helps individuals to heal faster physically. It is known to normalize blood pressure and heart rate.

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