Mar 182013
Music therapy can lift a depressed state.

Your music can keep you depressed. Photo by imagerymajestic/

Want to change your mood? Change your music!

Many people don’t realize how their song choices could be keeping them depressed. ‘Do it yourself’ music therapy can save you a lot of grief if you learn what songs triggers you!

Music is to our ears, like food is to our stomachs; food nourishes our hunger while music nourishes our minds. Even our ancestors knew of this little secret to keep the depressed mind at bay; just look at all the references in the Christian Bible (Song of Songs). Recently, the medical professionals are reverting back to old times and implementing soothing genres as music therapy to ward off pain and anxiety in their patients.

The secret is that different genres of music can dictate our moods quicker than most present day medications. It can change our mood in minutes!

For example, have you ever left in your car angry at someone or something but before you reached your destination you were happier? Or was happy when you first left only to be depressed when you reached your destination? Blame the mood change on your preference of music.

Music Therapy is Diverse

First of all, music preferences vary from one person to another. How one person reacts to a song is different from how another reacts to the same song. Therefore, when one song lifts one person up, that very same song can bring another person down.

But before assuming the obvious that sad songs are the culprit, open your mind (or your ears) to the other possibilities.

Some people are actually motivated by sad songs. The sadness brings out the ‘fighter’ in them. These people need the sad songs to invigorate them to make changes in their lives. It gives them a purpose to get the blood pumping or excited about something.

Conversely, most people feed off of sad songs, usually to keep themselves depressed. They unknowingly feel more comfortable in a depressed state and play the sad songs to keep that sadness in them. One reason may be that they feel guilty when they are happy so they keep the sad songs playing. They may not feel deserving of happiness.

Learn how your music preferences affect you. You have to be aware of your reactions to certain songs and how it affects you personally. Once you realize how certain songs can change your mood, you can use this as a music therapy when you need uplifting.

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