Many people especially during the winter and summer months have issues with melancholy or depression. It can be a short-lived case of the blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder or a more severe case of depression. Musicians are aware that playing music can be extremely therapeutic, but does music affect depression if we just listen to it?
A number of physical issues that can have depression as a symptom
Musicians, as well as all the rest of us should seek professional attention and treatment from your medical professional, because there are a number of physical issues that can have depression as a symptom, including thyroid disorders, sleep dysfunction, digestive dysfunction, toxic exposures, inflammation, infection, vitamin D deficiency and sometimes, but infrequently, an imbalance of neurotransmitters. Low moods can also be a sign your body is guarding, or protecting itself. The good news is some of these physical problems, once identified, can be corrected fairly quick with dramatic improvements as if overnight.
Take time out to revitalize, repair and heal and your family will love you.
If you are a care giver for a member of your family, or a professional, it is needless to suffer, so take time out to revitalize, repair and heal. If you are a busy person who is driven to success, staying up all hours, burning the candle at both ends, going to rehearsals, recording, performing, teaching and having to stay at your best, so to speak, it is necessary to take time out to fill your own cup. Self-care is essential to enable your success at meeting the needs of others.
Doing the work you love most requires us to have to take time out to take care of ourselves and the bodies that have been blessed to us in order to keep the fires of passion continuously burning. Your family, students, clients, friends and all the people who love you most will thank you.
Less than perfect music performance, but left the auditorium energized, uplifted and ready to party
Singers, can you imagine having to go in front of an audience and perform, “Here’s That Rainy Day” in your pajamas because you were too down and ill to get dressed? Not happening! If you managed to get through the song, how likely is it that you would leave your audience wanting for more. Likewise, audience have you experienced less than perfect music performance, but left the auditorium energized, uplifted and ready to party? So as people we can communicate so much and it’s true especially through music.
Music has the power to affect the body’s sympathetic nervous system, elicit emotional reaction and enhance mood. Musicians, and everyone reading this, you can use music to help heal your body and change your mood. Change your playlists, add new music, try new genres that you rarely listen to. Try changing your playlist sequence. It’s wise to take in consideration of the lyrics though, because the kind of memories that a particular song conjures up, especially some of the oldies can leave you feeling less than good. The music you choose to listen to can change your mood by modifying your brain waves. It can change your perception, uplift and motivate you. Many people recommend soothing classical music, but heavy metal, grunge and rock can make you feel positive after a particularly trying day at the coal mines.
Take advantage of your body’s increasing hormonal energy surge in the morning hours
How does music affect us? Well, take rhythm for example, our bodies will tend to lock in and synchronize with the beat. Listening to music with a faster, crisp, tempo and catchy rhythms will be the best during the morning hours, during your waking time. This should take advantage of your body’s increasing hormonal energy surge. Listen to light, easy, cheerful tunes shortly after awakening.
Try downloading and listening to light classical or soft rock
Are you anxious or stressed about an important task, date or appointment coming up? Try downloading and listening to light classical or soft rock. If you are angry and dealing with stress and frustration, did you know listening to music with a more aggressive tone is considered more helpful. Music can facilitate your exercise workout with enhanced coordination and execution of repetitive muscle movements. The music should be motivational in nature have faster tempos and strong, loud bass downbeats. Studies indicate our naturally efficient brain will automatically concentrate neural activity in areas of the brain needed and reduce activity in less needed areas for a specific activity.
We naturally have more neurons that respond to negative thought stimuli than positive
It is always your decision to try new input and change things to get a different response. Due to our natural primal instinct and survival we have more neurons that respond to negative thought stimuli than positive. One of the ways to fight repetitive negative thought patterns is to begin to notice them and replace with positive thoughts. If you add music to the positive thoughts it will engage more areas of the brain and help to reprogram the brain positively in the subconscious.
Take a brief listening assessment of the noises in your everyday environment.
Human beings respond instinctively to metaphor and can make predictable emotional inferences. Take a brief listening assessment of the pitched noises that go on in your everyday environment. One man tells a story about his awareness of the sounds in his environment. He found himself humming his songs in the same key of his room heater noise and later going to his office and noticing the sound of the phone ring was making him anxious. The phone ring could be easily changed making the whole office environment less stressful.
Keep in mind, all these suggestions are relative to your preference and what you are experiencing in life currently. It’s possible with music, for especially daunting tasks to run much smoother, with much better focus and before you know it, your there, at the end.