Anxiety and stress are two of the hardest illnesses to deal with in the world. Although they don’t seem to be that bad, because you don’t see them quite often, they go undetected for long periods until eventually, it catches up with you. Quite often, how bad it gets can relate to how you choose to deal with it as if left unchecked; it can be debilitating.
How Is Mood Affected?
Music can have a significant impact on how you deal with mental health issues as quite often, the music you listen to can help dictate mood, with a number of theories suggesting that the type of music we listen to can help influence our mood at that particular time. Whether it is upbeat music that is helping to produce dopamine and serotonin to help to create a more positive mindset, or even just calming music to try and help to relax and unwind at the end of a long day, music can have a significant impact on your mental health as you look to stave off anxiety.
Musicians Aren’t Invincible
Within the music industry itself, it can help to take a step away entirely just to give yourself a break or some headspace. However, much of the excitement comes from performing for a crowd, although a number of musicians have admitted to having stage fright in the past. Quite often, they seek out coaches to help them get over the worst of their problems and result through breathing exercises and a process called narrative thinking. This allows you to commit entire pieces to memory and hopefully offset part of the stage fright process. Anxiety and stress are more common than you think within music, and quite often, it comes down to how you deal with it. Sometimes all It takes is something to help you to refocus your mind.
Music makes you feel
Just think back to the last time you just sat down and genuinely did nothing but listen to music. Try to remember the sort of things there were going through your head at the time. It is not just with anxiety that music can help emotionally, as often when you listen to a track the pacing or even just what instruments are used. Just look at the song Three Lions by the Lightning Seeds. Although it is very simply put together, when you hear the chorus of ‘It’s coming home’ subconsciously, it makes to want to join in as the lyrics are catchy, but there is also a sense of belonging or excitement that comes with the song as you normally only hear it as part of a crowd.
Nevertheless, music can have a significant part in many aspects of life due to the varied nature of I, so it isn’t really surprising that it can influence mental health. Much of the time, it just comes down to managing it well so that when any bad days do hit, you are prepared and can bounce back quickly.