The Ultimate Guide on How Music Therapy Can Help You Overcome Depression

Music therapy for depression is a well-established soothing power. It has a unique link to your emotions that make it an extremely effective depression management tool. Listening to a soothing music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on both your mind and body. It explores your emotions, meaning it may be a great aid to meditation. Its preference varies widely; therefore, you can decide the genre you like that suits your mood.

 

In addition, it improves you physically, emotionally, and socially. You can use it in different ways, such as singing or meditating while the music plays. You can also do various exercises and movements with music as a channel. When you combine it with your thoughts, it can help you get better from your speech to your memory and physical balance. In this article, we’ve outlined 8 top rated ways music therapy can treat or help you overcome depression.

 

#1 – Helps You Resolve Your Problem

During your difficult times, you can’t get any way to the alleyways of your brain. Listening to a calming music can really help you feel much better. Therefore, instead of just lying there, switch on your Google play and let your best music flow into your soul. If you cry, that’s still OK because tears usually represent feelings that must be expressed.

 

Music will help you express your feelings. It has a melodic encouragement which assists you to let go of your suppressed feelings. On Jayachandra’s site on men’s health where a depressed lady Dorthy find an answer how to make my partner last longer in bed with the help of music therapy. Wonder you know how music therapy helped her to resolve her long time problem. According to a research published in the British Journal, it’s cathartic. You need no medical research to prove that. In fact, you discovered it when you were only 5 years old banging on the pans and pots of your mother.

 

#2 – Inspires the Creativity in You

Do you want to write a perfect blog, create a new website, or run faster on a treadmill, but you can’t, because you’re feeling uninspired? Music therapy will definitely motivate you. For instance, go ahead and try to listen to Avicii sing “Wake Me Up.” It’s just not possible to continue siting down! Finnish researchers discovered that the mind-wandering mode takes action when your mind processes a song. These health benefits aren’t experienced by only the artists. Even techies benefit from the relaxing benefit of music therapy.

 

#3 – Affects Your Breathing

Music can speed up or decreases your breathing. People respond differently to it. Your body will start swaying from side to side as your foot taps the ground. Have you ever been to a music concert and felt the bass beating in right in your chest? There is a scientific proof behind that feeling.

 

A faster music that has an upbeat tempo elevates your respiration and heart rate, while a slow, meditative tune provides a relaxing effect that slows down your breathing and heart rate. To be control your body, simply choose the music genre you listen to. For instance, when you feel anxious and your heart rate increases just grab that your headset and just listen to Zen Garden.

 

#4 – Reduces Your Blood Pressure

Here’s a prescription: Listen to reggae, classical, or Celtic music for about 30 minutes in a day to reduce your blood pressure. This is because according to the American society research, this simple prescription could significantly lower high blood pressure.

 

At Oxford University, Dr. Peter Sleight did a research that has shown music therapy can improve athletic performance, reduce stress, improve milk production in lactating women, and improve movement in the neurologically impaired patients suffering from stroke. Rule of thumb: Even though music therapy is an easy pill to take, don’t throw away those your medications yet.

 

#5 – Reduces Depression Pain

Whether it’s Jason Mraz, Sam Smith, or Justin Bieber, the lyrics and tunes they create can be an extremely effective therapy for controlling depression pain. According to the Advanced Nursing Journal in the UK, listening to a soothing music can lower chronic pain from a variety of painful conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and disc problems by approximately 21 percent. That’s too much when you’re depressed. Music therapy is a distraction that provides control when you’re depressed. It causes your body to foster the release endorphins, which counteract pain.

 

#6 – Jars Your Memory

Handle the music you listen to with care. Some songs can make you remember your past painful moments. Hopefully, when the music sets you back to those sad memories, you’ll remember all the lessons you learnt and how much better you’re doing since you left those painful moments of your life behind you. Forgetting those painful moments behind you opens your heart to new adventures. Therefore, next time you create your playlist, select songs carefully because those songs get deep into your mind and soul. They can inspire you to stop drinking too much, make a new start-up, and fall in love again.

 

#7 – Makes You Express Yourself Emotionally

Listening to a soothing music can increase the effects of some conventional treatment. It can relieve and treat depression in several ways. For instance, playing an instrument allows you to express yourself emotionally when you can’t directly talk about how you feel. During the time you’re listening to a soothing music, you comfort yourself from self-destruction, and let go of your troubling feelings. And if you share your musical experience with a therapist, you might feel more comfortable while discussing your problems.

 

#8 – Uplifts Your Mood

Music is the best solution for many people feeling depressed. When you feel depressed, just switch to any upbeat melody and you’ll feel better. That’s because soothing songs causes serotonin release, a hormone which uplifts your mood and general well-being. In addition, music flushes your body with a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which is responsible for making you feel better. It also opens the way for a hormone called norepinephrine, which causes euphoria, as well as elation. With all those important hormones that flood your entire body with better feelings, you don’t have to buy expensive anti-depressant medications to feel good. Just turn on a soothing music and get healed.

 

Conclusion

In brief, music therapy is a form of healing that utilizes music to help depressed people. Clinical studies have guaranteed the above discussed health benefits of using music therapy for depression. There’s no doubt music therapy can help you heal or overcome depression! Therefore, why not give it a try when you’re depressed. The results will impress you, and you might end up not doing the worst things in your life, such as committing suicide and consuming too much alcohol.

The Ultimate Guide on How Music Therapy Can Help You Overcome Depression

Perception

I’m going to be working all day this Saturday… and I couldn’t be more excited!

This weekend is Camp Good Grief, an annual youth program through Treasure Coast Hospice. The counselors of TCHospice and grieving kids get together for support and expression. I’ve been invited to join in to provide support and expression through music therapy.

As I prepare for this weekend a specific word keeps popping into my head: Perception. Everyone process death differently for sure, but, what will the point of view of a child be like? And what is the point of view of the dying person when they think of the child that is experiencing this too?

With these thoughts a song keeps popping into my head too. (It’s an occupational hazard, really. That whole song-popping thing.) The song is You Are Loved, written by music therapy colleague Rachel Rambach.

Rachel originally wrote this piece for friends who were getting married. The lyrics address not only love, but also feeling a special moment in time and remembering a special moment. The children that attend Camp Good Grief will be asked to think of special moments they’ve had with their now dead family member. I hope that this weekend they will feel the love that family member had for them and preserve that special moment within themselves.

Perception

My Friday Ritual

I have a tab on my browser called “Craft Sites” where I have all my favorite sewing blogs saved. One of my favorite blogs, LuvInTheMommyHood, submits a post every Friday called “Weekend Wishes”. The LuvInTheMommyHood author shares pictures and the things she’d like to do during the weekend whether it will actually happen or not. I look forward to her Friday posts because I like to hear what other people are up to and I can’t think of a better way to start thinking about the upcoming weekend.

My weekend plans include working pretty much all day Saturday at the children’s bereavement camp sponsored by Treasure Coast Hospice (which I’m very excited about), lying around the house a little, and finishing up some sewing projects.

What are your current weekend wishes?

My Friday Ritual

New Books!

Borders filed for bankruptcy last month and will be closing 30% of their stores… did you know about that? One of those stores is in my area. Sorry to hear about the closing, but happy for the deals!

Anyway, just wanted to share the books I picked up, some of them I’ve been wanting for a long time.

The Needs of the Dying: I work primarily in hospice care and am always needing to learn more about death and dying. This book seems like a good start.
Tuesdays with Morrie: The true story that documents personal moments between student and terminally ill mentor.
The Art of the Deal: I let the cat out of the bag during episode 14 of the Music Therapy Round Table that I love Donald Trump. I love his direct style and his ability to manage many projects at one time. This is the book I’ve been always meaning to pick up and finally it’s mine.

I also picked up this book: Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching. Can’t wait for the weekend to get started!

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How about you?

Are you digging into any books right now?

New Books!

Where do you lunch?

Erin

One question that I ask myself every single day is: Where should I have lunch?

As a traveling therapy professional, I eat out a lot… pretty much every day. To me, lunch is more than a mid-day meal… it’s my break time where I can sit in one place, take some deep breaths, relax a little and hopefully squeeze in a quick blog post.

I’ve noticed that when it comes to dining options I have some requirements:

  • Cost
  • Wi-Fi
  • Relatively healthy food
  • Coffee
  • Clean bathroom
  • Bonus: Outdoor dining (I live in an area over-wrought with suburban sprawl and minimal safe park areas. I love having the option to sit outside.) I should also note that I live in Florida and outdoor dining is common but not always a guarantee.

Here are some of my favorite dining options, do they happen to be yours too?

Panera:

Cost – Decent now that they started the Panera Card program, this is a point-system reward card where you can earn free drinks, pastries, etc.

Wi-Fi – Yes

Relatively Healthy – Yes

Coffee – Yes, with free refills

Clean Bathrooms – Usually, depends on location. Ex: My closest Panera has a horrible bathroom… not only is it dirty, but the non-handicapped stall is unacceptably small (you have to do one of those dances over the toilet so you can shut the door).

Outdoor Dining – Yes 

McDonalds:

Cost – Yes

Wi-Fi – YES; I have no problem staying in McDonald’s for over an hour on the computer. My husband disagrees, stating that it doesn’t make sense for a  fast food place to accept their customers to be there for so long. I think if they have free wi-fi they’re INVITING you to hang out.

Relatively Healthy – Questionable. Sometimes I get really hungry for a greasy burger so this is usually where I go. (Even though I’m a Burger King french fry lover.) But I really dislike how you can’t swap out your french fries for the apple slices… you can do it for the kids meal, so why not adults?

Coffee – Yes. I like their new coffee line, but my husband does not saying “Coffee should not come from a bag of liquid”.

Clean Bathrooms – Not usually, but depends on location.

Outdoor Dining – Depends on location

 

Duffys: This is a sports bar/restaurant chain in SE Florida.

Cost – Decent with their Duffy Card program. Another point-system reward card that gives you ‘money’ back… last time I ate there my meal was free because of the points I earned.

Wi-Fi – YES. They don’t mind me hanging out and computing for a while too.

Relatively Healthy – Yes

Coffee – Yes

Clean Bathrooms – YES

Outdoor Dining – Yes

Of course, there are many other eating options and these are just a few. I really enjoy food… not just eating, really EXPERIENCING food. The work lunch is actually really special to me. ALSO, I have a busy life and I’m finding it challenging to make sure I’m eating well rather than eating easy (like with quick, fake food).

I’m thinking about adding a food category to the blog that would share tips on surrounding yourself with healthy food as well as lunch and dinner ideas (after all, when you get home from work, you have to have dinner!). But, I don’t want to add a category like this if you wouldn’t read it…

Would you be interested in a Food Category like this?

Where do you lunch?

How I Relax

There are many bloggers who do ‘Wordless Wednesdays’, ‘Thankful Thursdays’, ‘Friday Favs’… on and on. Bloggers also like to do lists of their favorite… anything. I am trying to not do anything like that… I know that if I started some sort of weekly post it would become an obligation that I would no longer want to be responsible for. But I guess rules are meant for breaking…

One of my favorite websites is: failblog.org. This is a website where people submit pictures and videos of when folks attempt something – usually dangerous and stupid- and they fail miserably. Readers can vote on their favorite pics too. The site is crass, crude and not always appropriate for children; and is a total guilty pleasure of mine. Whenever I need a pick-me-up or a good laugh Fail Blog is there to get me out of my funk.

So imagine my delight when I was walking down the street and spotted a Fail Blog opportunity. I ran home, grabbed my camera, captured my image and submitted to the site. I’ll let you be the judge as to whether it is a FAIL or not, but if you agree, please vote for the pic. Thanks!

How I Relax

Free Letter Downloads

I’m a closet crafter and subscribe to a million crafting websites. When I saw this post, I had to share right away! Ruffled, which is actually a wedding blog, posted letter templates so that you can create your own personalized word banners (see picture below). The best part is that all you do is download, print, cut and hang… no special paper or glue required!

These would be great (not to mention really easy) decorations in your music studio space. It would be fun to have each client cut out a letter (good practice for fine motor skills) then they can come in the next week and see the final result hanging on the wall. I’d also just like to have a ‘happy birthday’ banner for my home. :) Or even a name banner for a nursery… how cute!

michelle

What do you think?

Erin Russell

Free Letter Downloads

Reality Check

music therapyI was given a reality check the other day…
I was working with one of my fantastic private clients. One of this person’s targeted goal areas is to explore the space around themselves because they usually have a closed body position and full ability of their extremities. So we were playing drums that were positioned on each side. The idea was to sound each drum one time by twisting from left to right. So it was like this: Tap – Twist – Tap – Twist – etc. I wanted to use a recorded song so that I could model the twisting part better (we did this last week and more modeling was in order). Plus, the music (specifically the rhythm) acts as a cue to facilitate movement. Lastly, I wanted to spice it up a bit too! So I used Garageband and composed a simple song to play in the background while I sang and modeled along.

So, we’re in the session and guess what? My composed song is too fast, I slow it down, still needs to be slower, I slow it down more, then the song looses its structure… after all the purpose was to provide a steady beat… when it was slowed down it didn’t have enough sub-division to sound steady. It also became less aesthetic interesting and most importantly, it wasn’t serving my client. The flow of the session was totally disrupted and I scrapped this one for the day.

What a reality check! Simpler is best. Technology is great but it’s still a tool. The goal is to improve the personal growth of the client and I was distracted by a cool computer program. This is another live and learn moment for me… and frankly, I needed it. Looking forward to next session to give it a go again!

Reality Check

Free Tote!

I have a quirk where I keep boxes. I have every original box for all of our small appliances and dishes. My husband just shakes his head and laughs but I can’t imagine it being easy living with someone with this peculiar trait.

I have an especially difficult time throwing out the plastic zippered pouches that sheets and linens come in. I don’t know why, I think it’s because of the zipper… makes it seem more valuable. These containers are great for instruments because they are transparent and stay closed. Some of these containers also have side pockets that originally held the product label. It’s a great place for flash cards and other small, thin items.

tote

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For more ideas about instrument travel check out: Kat Fulton Blog.

Free Tote!