Counselor’s Choices For Female Singers Whose Songs Can Move You

My daughter had a mini project at her high school in which they had to know what was in the playlist of a professional who would deal with a lot of stress every day. She told me about it over dinner, saying that she was aware that pressure came with my job description as a psychologist and counselor.

I laughed in amusement in response. I did not know that my daughter understood what my job entailed. After all, my clinic was not the kind of workplace where I could bring a kid at all. They could pick me up with their dad sometimes, but they had not seen me in action. If they did, well… that would be crazy.

“So, Mom,” she said, “If I open your Spotify account right now, what will I see?”

Raising an eyebrow at my daughter playfully, I asked, “What would you like to see?”

“My teacher was mostly interested in the names of the artists that you listen to, to be honest. Then, you will pick three that you like best, and you need to tell me what made you like them. Can we do it?”

“Yes, of course. Here are my choices.”

Kelly Clarkson

I had been listening to Clarkson songs ever since she won the first season of American Idol. Back then, her music videos were not as fancy as they are now, but the way she sang every lyric remained to hit you when you least expected it. That’s especially important because she has many songs that many people may not be able to relate to. But once you hear them, you may feel like you’ve experienced what she did. The best example of that is her song called Sober.

When you listen to the song for the first time, it would be easy to assume that it was about people who were battling substance abuse. As far as I could tell, though, Kelly Clarkson did not have that issue.

The song was also applicable if you have been surrounded by toxic people for a long time and only managed to get away from them. So, Kelly being sober and able to pick the weeds while keeping the flowers meant that she got to get rid of those bad influences in her life and kept her real friends.

P!nk

P!nk was among the most underrated pop stars of all time. She had never reached the heights of Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, and other artists – that’s a fact. But it would not be an exaggeration to claim that she was better than most of them.

The primary reason was that P!nk wrote most of her songs. It was that personal touch that made everything so much better. Every piece was also unique, and each chronicled all the ups and downs that she experienced throughout her life.

Saying that music was P!nk’s therapy would be an understatement. She was very vocal about going to marriage counseling with her husband, and it seemed like she was taking everyone along for the ride with her songs.

My favorite album of P!nk was Funhouse, which was released in 2008. If Kelly Clarkson could make you want to cry, P!nk could make you feel like an absolute badass – like the type of person who would smash things after breaking up with someone. But what I genuinely liked about the Funhouse songs was that they could inspire you to be vulnerable. After all, the lyrics showed many emotions – anger, denial, bargaining, blaming, and everything else that a person would feel after splitting with the love of their life.

I used to tell my clients, “If you can be as vulnerable as P!nk when she sings, your treatment will not take too long.”

Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s songs are different in the sense that most of them are about female empowerment. They are the best songs to play after an entire day of exhausting work, and you need a little pick-me-up to recharge yourself. Whether you are in love, have fallen out of love, want to be in love, or need to love yourself – Queen Bey got you covered.

The best Beyoncé song for me was Love On Top. Many people would ask, “Is it because of the crazy vocals?” The answer was yes, but that was not the only reason. I saw the ascending range as a perfect representation of how someone could feel whenever they see the person they’re mooning over. It’s fast, desperate, and incredibly high. And once the song is over, you could be like, “Wow, what a rush!”

Final Thoughts

My daughter told me she got an A+ for that particular project, and I was happy for her. However, I got more excited when she said that her teacher read her paper for 15 whole minutes and said she would be taking a leaf out of my book and listening to Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, and Beyoncé. I would never know what the teacher was going through unless she would get an appointment with me, but knowing my singer choices could possibly change someone’s life was more than enough for me.

Counselor Says: You Only Need One Song To Improve Your Day

Given my history with depression, I noticed how easy it had become for me to get depressed over a few things.

For example, when I was in the queue at the grocery store, the cashier prioritized a sexy model behind me. A regular person would have spoken up and called the manager, but I felt so discouraged that I left my cart in the middle of the aisle and did not buy anything. I held on to that feeling for an entire day, causing my reaction time to slow down and annoy other people.

There were also days when I would open my eyes, look outside, and see the gloomy skies. I would only need to stare at it for two minutes before feeling too exhausted to go to work. I would bail on all my appointments that day and stay in bed for as long as possible. Sometimes, I would turn on the TV, even though I was not actually watching whatever was on it.

Whenever I would get these depressing moments, my loved ones had gotten quite good at tolerating me. If I backed out of an occasion at the last minute, they never got mad in front of my face. If I did not feel like going Anywhere, they would not push it. However, I could not get the same treatment at work.

A Change Of Tunes

One day, I got called to my boss’s office. She said, “I will go straight to the point. I know about your depression and the fact that it has never genuinely fully gone away. I also know that some things or events can trigger it, but you need to find a way to work around it because it is currently affecting your job.”

All I could do was nod before excusing myself and leaving the room. The last thing I wanted to do was lie, and I would be lying if I promised that I could fulfill my boss’s instruction.

I was so preoccupied with that thought that I bumped into our resident counselor in the hallway. I always guarded my emotions around her in fear of seeing through me and deeming me unfit to work in the company. However, this time, when the counselor asked if I was okay, I blurted out, “I’m too far from being okay.”

“Let’s go to my office and talk about it,” she offered.

I agreed to do it because I felt like I had no other options. I knew I needed help, and only a counselor might be able to help me at this point. There was also a nagging thought that I was already helpless, but I pushed that at the back of my head.

When I stepped into the counselor’s office, an unfamiliar song was blasting through her speakers. It did not sound like a Beyoncé or Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston, but I instantly loved how upbeat it was. As I listened more carefully, I realized that a woman was singing about her inner thoughts regarding a man she liked first but had to let go because her sweet sister fell in love with him.

“What song is this?” I asked.

“Oh, sorry, I’ll turn it off,” the counselor said.

“No, please don’t. I like it. What song is it?” I repeated.

The counselor blushed. “I am what some people call a Broadway musical junkie. This song is called Satisfied from the Hamilton musical. I listen to it on repeat when I need to motivate myself to move or think,” she revealed.

“Wow,” I uttered in awe. “I have been dealing with depressive episodes recently, and they have been affecting my work. Do you think it will help me?”

“I would say yes. You can find plenty of songs on Spotify or iTunes, but you technically only need a single song to get you moving. In truth, that’s how I manage to absorb all my clients’ issues and ensure that I would not carry them into my house,” the counselor said.

Listening To Feel

On that same day, I listened to Satisfied again until it was time to go home. I repeated the process from the moment I woke up, and I did not feel my mood dip in those 36 glorious hours. At that point, I had already memorized the lyrics and could sing along with Angelica Schuyler – the Hamilton character. I thought that it would diminish the song’s effect on me, but it didn’t.

The first time I changed my go-to song was when my boyfriend split up with me. But then, I learned that Hamilton had a perfect theme for that: Burn. The more I listened to it, the lesser pain I felt due to the breakup.

I might have changed my go-to songs over the years depending on my situation, but I was always one song at a time. If that is not proof that you only need one to feel better, I no longer know what is.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Anxiety, Depression, And Stress

Anxiety, stress, and depression are the most common mental health problems that many people deal with every day. These three intertwined with each other and gives people negative thoughts and feelings. Some may handle it perfectly as they find the right coping strategies, while others deal with it most devastatingly. With these conditions, people should be aware of what they are going through. They need to understand that not all individuals face life struggles the same way. Therefore, they should keep trying and look for better solutions that fit their needs.

Let us try to unravel answers from some frequently asked questions.

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Is there a mental stress test? 

Yes. A three-scale test rating system aims to measure the range severity of symptoms related to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. But on a particular point of testing stress, the psychological impact gets tested through a series of clinical checklists, a couple of observations, self-report technique, and interviews.

Note that these processes require professional care. One should not rely on self-test but instead, allow a medical expert to administer them.

 How do you know if you have stress or anxiety? 

The difference between the two mental health conditions is quite impossible to determine. However, people under stress usually experience physical and mental symptoms. These include irritability, muscle pain, anger, digestive troubles, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. On the other hand, anxiety is described as excessive worries that don’t go away even when there is no sign of a stressor.

 Does stress affect anxiety? 

In a lot of ways, yes! Anxiety is an instant reaction to stress. Stress interferes at least moderately with people’s lives, whether in good times or bad. Meanwhile, chronic stress can affect individuals’ health, causing high blood pressure symptoms, skin rashes, headaches, chest pain, loss of sleep, and heart problems.

Stress can cause a lot of mental health problems, aside from anxiety. Therefore, it is vital not to ignore the symptoms as some of them can lead to more damaging physical, emotional, and mental issues. Consult a health professional right away if you feel like stress is taking a toll on your daily function.

 What is the relationship between stress and depression? 

Possible causes of stress include genetic factors, changes in brain chemicals, and life situations. The risk of developing depression due to stress is high, especially when stress is prolonged and overwhelming. Thus, overall health problems increase. If you are not coping with stress well, the possibility of the condition escalating into a serious psychological issue is at stake.

Yes, stress can be a common thing that you deal with daily. But when handled improperly, it can lead to a series of health problems, particularly anxiety and depression.

 What are the five emotional signs of stress? 

The five emotional signs of stress are anxiety and agitation, depression or general unhappiness, moodiness or irritability, feeling overwhelmed, and loneliness and isolation.

 What are the five stages of stress? 

The five stages are alarm, resistance, possible recovery, adaptation, and burnout.

The alarm is where the body creates a chemical reaction known as the fight-or-flight response. The resistance stage indicates that the body is trying to go back to its natural state after an initial stress response. The coping or the possible recovery is the return of the well-being to a state of equilibrium. The adaptation is the time one chooses to step back from stress and recover. And burnout is the stage where one fails to accomplish adequate recovery leading to feeling emotionally drained, experiencing catastrophic thoughts, lacking positivity, getting detached from others, and experiencing overall exhaustion.

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 Are stress and anxiety a mental illness? 

Though anxiety can be helpful in some situations, it can escalate into a disorder if not well-handled. Everyone experiences stress and anxiety, but the mental condition associated with it comes in various psychological conditions. These include panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 What do you do if you think you have anxiety? 

If your anxiety is somehow affecting your daily routines or causing distress in your life, it’s always better to speak with your doctor about it. Anxiety is linked to many unwanted health conditions. If you’re concerned about your overall well-being, that’s enough reason to talk with your doctor. Do not wait for the symptoms to get serious.

 How do you deal with overwhelming anxiety? 

If you live with overwhelming anxiety, it is vital to tackle the feeling at the moment and quickly find a way to stop it. First, you should identify triggers. From there, you can start administering your anxiety by changing your diet, meditating, exercising, and getting enough sleep. It is also vital that you stay connected with other people. And if your symptoms persist, consult a mental health professional immediately.

 What are the six types of anxiety disorders? 

The six fundamental types of anxiety disorders are Panic Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Specific Phobia.

 Is anxiety a mental illness? 

Occasional feelings of anxiety are OK. However, when anxiety interferes with daily activities and tends to impair you from doing what you got to do, it may have been an anxiety disorder. When it becomes a mental health condition, anxiety can make you avoid school, work, family get-togethers, and other social situations due to the fear that social connections might trigger or worsen the symptoms.

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 How do I stop worrying about everything? 

Stop worrying about everything and start a positive mindset. Practice self-care, be open and OK with things being out of control, be expressive about how you feel, and be conscious of your intentions. The way to recover from excessive worry is to focus on positive thoughts and practice mindfulness. Remember that you can’t figure things out by yourself, so it is vital to seek help.

 How do you know if a person is stressed? 

You will know if a person is being stressed when he or she gets easily frustrated and agitated. Usually, he or she feels too overwhelmed with things. Often, she or he feels like losing control or always has the need to take control. The person experiences difficulty relaxing and quieting his or her mind. The person has low self-esteem and often feels bad about himself or herself.

 How does stress affect your mood? 

Stress can make you experience different unwanted feelings. These can include anxiety, sadness, anger, fear, or frustration. These feelings can sometimes negatively feed on each other and produce emotional symptoms that soon affect your behavior and thoughts. For some individuals, stress contributes to symptoms of depression and other mental health problems.

 Can your brain shut down from stress?

Experiencing too much stress for an extended period can result in a negative effect on the brain. It may begin to …

How A Song From The Color Purple Improved My Mental Health

Coming from a musically inclined family, I grew up watching Broadway musicals like Wicked, Cats, etc. Since our home was only an hour away from New York, it became part of our tradition to drive there during the yuletide season to see an incredible show or two. The traffic was undoubtedly awful, but the musicals made our suffering on the road worth it.

Now, while growing up, my parents allowed me to watch kid-friendly Broadway shows. E.g., Annie, The Lion King, and even Newsies. When I went to high school, though, our family dynamics changed drastically.

It started when Mom found out that Dad had an extramarital affair one too many times while on business trips. My father wanted to make amends, but my mother—bless her soul—practically informed him that second chances weren’t available. Thus, she kicked Dad out of the house and went on to file for divorce.

The perfect life that we had fallen apart within months. All of a sudden, I needed to go back and forth to different houses. Mom had me on weekdays, while Dad got my weekends. I could not complain verbally about this setup, but it made me want to move across the country and stay away from my parents.

Forgetting Broadway

The divorce meant that neither of my parents was willing to continue our family tradition on Broadway. They did not even bother coming up with an excuse; they only said that it was no longer in the cards. Then, I got accepted to UCLA, and my musical-watching days became a history.

Although LA was fun, I felt miserable there. At one point, I wondered if my childhood was nothing but a lie. Were my parents genuinely happy during our trips? Did Mom put up with Dad because of me? Such questions swirled in my head repeatedly for some time, to the extent that I started sinking the depression hole.

I remembered the first time I got drunk. A friend told me that that’s a quick way to forget your worries, albeit momentarily. And when the alcohol hit my system, I understood what she meant. I kept drinking whenever I thought of my problems, which was almost every day. I only realized how low I had gone when I failed all my classes, and Mom coaxed me to go back home.

Seeing The Color Purple

When I came back home, I met my parents at a restaurant. It was the only time they met out of court; even when I went to LA, Dad merely gave me a call to say goodbye. They agreed to be in the same room together because they wanted to do a little intervention on me and ensure that I would not throw away my life before it even started.

In truth, I stopped drinking ever since I flunked at UCLA. I realized it did not help me at all and perhaps ruined my chances of becoming a doctor. But of course, I did not tell my parents that. Instead, I just allowed them to think that I needed this intervention so that I could see them agreeing on something after a long while.

Before the dinner ended, my folks said that I could try applying at NYU. The next day, I dropped in the campus to send my application and walked around the streets to familiarize myself with the location. Even if I wouldn’t get accepted, I thought of looking for a job around the area.

After a few minutes, I was standing outside of a theater where they were doing the production of The Color Purple. I heard about its movie version back then, but I never got to watch it. I had no inkling who Cynthia Erivo was at the time either, but I knew that Jennifer Hudson’s a powerhouse singer. For the first time in years, I was in the third row of a Broadway theater to watch a Broadway musical.

Listening To “I’m Here”

The play took place when African-American women were still oppressed. The main character had been wronged many times in her life, and I felt so sorry for her. Then, she sang “I’m Here,” which blew me away.

There was no way I could relate to the main character’s hardships, but it hit home when Cynthia Erivo sang, “I’m gonna take a deep breath; I’m gonna hold my head up. I’m gonna put my shoulders back and look you straight in the eye.” It was such a powerful part of the musical and showed the actress’s heart. I was already shedding tears silently before I could stop myself.

When the Broadway musical ended, I felt a change of heart. I forgot about our family issues and suddenly felt like going home and hugging my mother. I also wanted to walk around the city with my head held up high—just like what Cynthia Erivo said—and show the world that I was ready to move forward.

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Benefits of Using Music In Strengthening Family Bonds

 

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In today’s world, where technology is almost always considered necessary, it is not easy for families to go about their everyday lives without any kind of techy gadget involved. A lot of families now seek bonding moments that encourage them to get rid of all these electronic devices and instead make fun and wonderful memories to strengthen family bonds. One of the best alternatives that have been done by most is listening to music. Music can help people in many ways, including families. It increases closeness, helps develop better social capabilities, and evokes positivity.

Music connects kids to some kind of art.

I once sang a classic song while my daughter and I went for a drive. After that, she decided that she loved classic songs too, and then she wanted to learn how to play the piano. Indeed, the universal connection that is formed by singing or listening to music together provides guidance and support as your kids start discovering music as an art form. If you introduce them to melodies and songs at an early age, they will learn to connect emotions of love, comfort, and fun with music sooner rather than later. Look for someone who can teach your kids how to sing, play an instrument, or simply appreciate different kinds of music. Let them explore what genre they enjoy most and which gives them a sense of relaxation and peace. This way, they can associate music by reducing their stress levels or providing them hope despite everyday challenges. When they learn this, they will also come to appreciate just listening to music with you at home, where they are safe and loved.

Listening to music strengthens bonds.

When you introduce music to your kid, you somehow destroy the wall of power and pave the way for a closer bond between you and your kid. Sometimes, being able to appreciate music is among the first things in your kid’s life that they can perhaps have in common with you as their parents. Most of us want to introduce music that their children can relate to, such as songs sung by teen artists or by adults that dedicate their songs to their kids. Typically, children feel far away from their parents because they see them as an authority, but when they listen to music with them, and their parents try to explain what the songs mean to them, they feel the barriers crashing, and they see their parents as friends they can reach out to and who are trying to reach out to them as well.

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Music helps improve mood and social capabilities.

By listening to music, some specific areas of our brain are stimulated, and eventually, we learn to feel for others or to empathize. This is scientifically called the theory of the mind. Once we learn this, we begin to identify others’ feelings and how to appropriately react to these feelings. My mom used to sing me a song entitled ‘My Darling, Clementine,’ and when I had my own baby, I couldn’t think of a better song to sing to her than that. Indeed, music that is passed down or shared develops a sense of closeness, even increasing loyalty to family members when they gather around and connect through beautiful melodies.

It is important to note that just as you would like your children to learn and understand you through your music, you should also try and relate to their kind of music. Nowadays, most kids and teens are into hip hop and pop. If they happen to share it with you, don’t give up right away. Try to decipher the meaning of the songs they’re sharing. Perhaps they, too, are communicating how they feel through these songs. So then music does not only become a source of entertainment but one that bridges the large gap between you and your children.

Music encourages expression and physical activity.

How can music get you to perform physical activity? By having a dance party with your family at home! It’s also a way of expressing yourselves in ways that talking cannot. You can teach your children to throw their worries away by dancing it out with all their heart and to feel how light they become after. Dancing has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety levels; hence, people often go to dancing classes as one of the ways to have peace of mind and improve their mood. When parents bond with their children through music, they are not only instilling the value of togetherness as a family but also the importance of learning how to manage their lives positively. They will learn that you don’t really need to go somewhere else to find happiness when they are troubled. They can do that at home, with their family – or simply by self-reflecting with the help of music.

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Yes – music is one of the best tools for strengthening family bonds.

These are only some of the several ways by which music affects a family’s life and the advantages of using it to bond and connect with each other. Once or twice a week, have your kids set their phones and gadgets aside. Turn off the television and take out your favorite instrument, like your old guitar. Sit down on the piano and play a song for your family as they sit together in the living room. Or have a barbeque at the back porch and some great music playing while you and your children dance to the beat of your most-liked songs. And let the music do wonders for your family!

 

 

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K-Pop Music Obsession Right After The Lockdown

I was never really into the music of other languages simply because I don’t understand every single word on their lyrics. As much as possible, I want to listen to music that I can relate to. That is why I often play The Carpenters and The Cranberries songs because I feel like their songs are written just for me. Their songs inspire me to understand my life and everything in it. But after this whole home quarantine started, I figured that I might actually have a taste for K-pop music.

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Where It All Started

It is not that I hate K-Pop songs, but I don’t entirely recommend them before to my friends. The music is so techno, and the beats are redundant for most of the Korean songs. I find it loud and unpleasant to listen to. But one time, my sister played a Korean song “Psycho” by Red Velvet. I quickly got the LSS with the song because of the R&B-like rhythm of the music. At first, I thought it was an American composition. The chorus goes something like this “You got me feeling like a psycho,” so I instantly got caught up into it. When I asked her about that song, she said it was K-Pop. I was hesitant to continue asking her about it, but I thought maybe it is worth a shot to listen to it since I am already hooked up on some of the few lines of the song. Then, that’s it. I began playing the song entirely the whole day.

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After that, I began searching for more Korean songs, and that is where I discovered Twice’s. Right now, they are the third K-pop girl groups that I like. I love all of their songs and music videos, especially the 2nd to the last released song, “Fancy.” I find them cute and lovely that even watching them brings happiness and smiles to my face. I also watched the Korean entertainment show where they all auditioned to become a Twice member. I loved all the episodes, and I rooted for all of them to win. Though that is entirely what happened, and they already formed the girl group.

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So after a couple of days of being stuck with Twice’s songs, my sister introduced me to BlankPink. Crap! These girls are badass, like literally. I recently read an article that this girl group performed in Coachella with other world-known artists, such as Beyonce. My goodness, they pulled it off. That is where I got hooked and listen to all their songs. There was this one time I had to play all their songs and listened to it non-stop for two days. I don’t know. I just felt like I wanted to hear their songs because it makes me want to dance and jive with the beat. That is, although I don’t entirely understand what the hell they are saying.

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So I was feeling like a Twice and BlackPink music lover. I told myself I should stop there because I pretty much understand now the distinguishing music of Asian songs. But it didn’t stop there. I began to notice BTS. Yes, I heard a lot about them, but I was not that interested in getting myself acquainted with any Korean songs before. But damn these boys! They took my K-Pop obsession to the next level. I began downloading their songs on my phone and used it as ringtones. I even used some of their photos as my laptop and cell phone’s wall covers. I also bought some collectibles and pictures of them. I watched their concerts on YouTube. I even viewed their videos and clips more than a hundred times.

I must say, the great thing about the lockdown for me is getting to know K-Pop and used it as a stress-reliever.…

My Music Therapy: Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next

I was a tag along during the 2019 Music Therapy Conference. The music therapist was my best friend, Gigi, and not me. I am a skin care consultant, and because I owed Gigi my time, she asked me to accompany her to this conference. At first, I was bummed out when she pulled out the “you-owe-me” card and said, “Come with me to the music conference.” I was like, “What??? Seriously? What am I going to do there?” When she said that she just needed my presence, I understood. My oldest and dearest friend needed my support.…

Things To Do During A Pandemic Quarantine

With the global case of COVID-19, all people around the world are forced to stay at their homes. Well, there is nothing much to do about it because, as of now, that is the only way that keeps us safe from the pandemic. As much as we want to go outside and travel, we need to prioritize our health first. Besides, as optimism gets, there are lots of time to do that once this world health issue is over. But until then, we all have to stay at home and stick together. As for that, here are some of the things we can do during this pandemic quarantine.

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Learn To Cook

With all the busy schedules and less time to spend at home, most of us don’t cook. We go to work and school every day that we find no time to prepare a healthy meal. We are all guilty of indulging in fast foods because they are more accessible and convenient. But since there is a lockdown and we all have to stay at home, it is an excellent time to learn to cook. Not only we get to enhance our skills, but we can also make delicious food.

Learn New Things

It is not too late to learn new things. Given the quarantine situation, we all have lots of time for ourselves to learn something. We can learn to play some instruments and compose music. We can learn to speak a new language, sewing, drawing, dancing, and we can also do speed reading. Honestly, the options are limitless. And the best part of it is that everything is free. You can watch tutorials on YouTube or follow some instructional articles from the web.

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Binge-Watch

Perhaps this is the most favorite thing that we all want to do. Getting a list of TV series and movies and watching them together with our family secures an enjoyable moment during this lockdown. We can always switch preference and watch documentaries, or listen to podcasts when we got bored with watching the usual. And if we want to have alone time, we can enjoy binge-watching in our room through our smartphones.

Organize

Not all people may appreciate the lockdown. However, things can change when we manage to do something productive. One of them is organizing. Admittedly, we all have something in our stuff that needs organization, and this home quarantine is our chance to do that. We can clean our house, rearrange our furniture, fix broken stuff, etc. It can be a fun activity because there is no pressure in doing it. Not only can we keep ourselves busy during the day, but we can also remove stress along the way.

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Exercise

We can all agree that this is the most beneficial thing to do during this pandemic lockdown. Since we all want to be safe from the virus, exercise can keep us fit and healthy.  No, we don’t need to do some rigorous workouts. As long as we pay attention to our body’s strength, we don’t need to overdo it. Spending a couple of minutes a day performing light to medium exercises is more than enough.

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Meditate

Meditation is essential, especially in this pandemic situation. There’s a lot of stress and anxiety that can tear down our mental health. We have to find that inner peace within so that we can stay positive despite the crisis. If we try and change our perspective, it would be much easier for us to accept and fight the situation. We have to care more for our emotional and mental health as much as we do to our physical wellbeing.…

Music Therapy Is Legit

I am delighted to have attended the 2018 Music Therapy Conference at Capilano University. Not many people understand how we, music therapists, can assist clients through music therapy. Those who do not know of its essence laugh at our face and say, “Hey, you’re ripping us off!” But what is music therapy anyway? Can it help a person with his mental health?…