It’s week 9 of the Working On Us series over at Beckie’s Mental Mess. You can visit her post for details on participating.
This week’s prompts:
Prompt #1 Questions:
- Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment? If so, what kind of music was introduced to you?
- Do you listen to music ( if/when) you meditate? If so, what kind of music do you listen to?
- If you have never tried music therapy as a treatment, what types of music calm and/or mellow you?
- Do you believe music helps everyone and there is really no use for therapy in this regard?
Prompt #2 Music Selection:
Select 2 music video’s that help you and your mental stability when you listen to it. Also, describe how those songs make you feel?
Rather than answer the specific prompts, I’m going to do one bigger answer. To start off, no, I’ve never done music therapy, but I believe that just like art therapy it has something to offer besides just don’t the music/art on one’s own.
For me, music is something I listen to while I’m driving, and that’s about it. I’ve never been very good at handling auditory processing while attending to something else, so if there’s music on it’s hard for me to concentrate on reading or doing other things. I think music while I’m driving works because my autopilot brain is responsible for the driving and my conscious brain swaps back and forth.
I know a lot of people find music very therapeutic, but for the most part I don’t find it’s particularly helpful for me. If my mood is low and I listened to music with a mood pitched too much above mine, I just find it annoying.
When I’m low enough that I’m feeling suicidal, I tend to distort song meanings. Linkin Park’s One More Light is anti-suicide, but I twist it into being pro-suicide. It’s the same thing with Never Too Late by Three Days Grace.
Music is probably more helpful, at least for me, when it comes to coping with situation stressors rather than illness. Let Her Go by Passenger and Fight Song by Rachel Platten have been helpful, although I never listen to Fight Song anymore because it’s too strongly associated with a difficult situation.
Music would be a cool creative outlet if one was so inclined, but I’m all about words as my creative outlet.
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