It’s no secret to anyone that enjoys music that it can work wonders for your mental wellness. It makes sense – the ultimate goal of art is not only to express ourselves, but also to evoke an emotional response from ourselves and others.
One of the greatest joys about music is that everyone’s experience with it is different. Do the calm tones of classical music never fail to calm you down no matter what mood you’re in? Do you listen to ‘happier’ music when you want to brighten your mood? Do you listen to angry or aggressive music to help yourself cope with negative emotions? How about to pump you up for a workout?
My point is that the power of music, or any form of art for that matter, should not be underestimated when it comes to helping with regulating your mood and emotions. Taking from one of the above examples, I am someone who seeks out aggressive music when I am in a bad mood. It’s almost therapeutic to listen to something that matches with my state of emotion. After a while the emotions I feel get swept away in the music and I find I’m able to let go of my own feelings. It’s an outlet that allows me to experience and subsequently shed myself of my negative emotions.
After a particularly stressful day my absolute favourite thing to do when I get home is to pull out a guitar and jam away. Something about the creative expression art allows for is an powerful tool that I wish everyone could utilize to the same effect. I understand not everyone knows how to play an instrument, but it’s never too late to learn. Sometimes I find even just singing along to some of my favourite songs can help that pent-up feelings of stress melt away.
Music has the ability to bring people together, power revolutions, stir up emotions, bring back memories and ease your stress. Don’t just take my word for it – try it for yourself and find what works best for you.