Music has incredible power to completely alter your state of mind. A day can go from bad to great when you listen to the right song. I have always felt incredibly connected to music thanks to my Mum. She always made sure we were surrounded with instruments and singing as we were growing up and it certainly has shaped the way I use and respond to music today.
I feel incredibly connected to music. When I listen to a song I will often imagine the movie scene I would match it to. I’m constantly shocked by my fiance who can listen to a song 10 times and still never take in the lyrics. I feel the presence of music in my body and I will cry at concerts because the power of it can be so overwhelming. Many things can alter our states of consciousness – meditation, sex, drugs and alcohol – but music can influence me like no other. I know there are many people out there who can relate.
When I was 18 and struggling with depression, I used singing to help pull me out of it. My grandmother had once told me, “It’s impossible to sing without smiling”, so I took this literally and used it to help heal myself. I figured if I could sing enough I might also smile enough to help me escape the black hole I was in. I started training my voice with a singing coach and the depression faded. Of course, there were other thing that contributed to my return to happiness, but singing created a safe spot for me. It’s turned out my grandma was right, because according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing, music can help reduce depression by 25%.
Of course, that is not all that music is good for…
Relaxing music can help you sleep better.
The positive and profound emotional experience music creates can lead to a secretion of immune-boosting hormones.
Uplifting music can help fight fatigue.
Music can be a motivating factor when reach for new personal bests in your exercise and training regime.
Forgotten memories can resurface when you here a song from long ago.
Classical and easy listening music can help improve concentration and attention.
So if you need a mood boost, stick in your headphones and just appreciate the music for a moment. If you’re at a loss for what to listen to, maybe try my top 3 picks of the moment:
My Top 3 Song To Make You Feel HAPPY!
Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Geronimo by Sheppard
Pompeii by Bastille
Love Jess x