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. “Everyone handles positive and negative stress differently. And yes, for some, positive stress can lead to a negative response to stress, depending on the situation.” Jessica Harris, LCPC, LPC said. 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. “Many people listen to music because they identify with the song’s words and the strong emotions felt. Often people describe that listening to music has a therapeutic effect that impacts their overall mood.” As Abigail Saneholtz, Psy.D used to say. 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.
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.
“While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain.” Daniel J. Levitin, PhD explains. 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.
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 Firework, Roar, Brave, 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.