Let’s talk about the intention in music, specifically how it can benefit your mental health and wellness. Music is like a universal language. Hit songs trend all around the world, even if the lyrics are in a different language. Whether you’re driving to work, singing in the shower, or cooking in the kitchen, putting on some music can really complement what you’re doing. There are so many other benefits to consider in your listening experience. Continue reading to see the benefits of listening to music intentionally.
Most of the time we listen to music passively, but listening to music with intention gives us healing qualities, and can improve our overall mental health and well-being.
I love it when my clients bring in a song they heard that reminds them of a certain memory or a song that relates to how they are feeling. When I work with youth, I find music to be a very effective way to connect with them. As they walk through the halls or sit in the waiting room with AirPods in, I always ask them “what are you listening to?”
One of my youth clients described this experience to me as a way to drown out the excess noise, or a way to self-soothe when they feel anxious. Clients also feel that the lyrics of a song can articulate how they feel, particularly when they are unable to do so themselves. Music can be seen as a form of self-expression or dialogue, which can empower individuals who may be uncomfortable opening up to others.
The Benefits of Listening to Music Intentionally
Music can alter our moods instantly. Whatever emotion you are experiencing, music can connect with you on a deeper level. Think about a time where you may have been having a rough morning, and on your commute, a song comes on the radio that makes you want to start dancing or singing. That’s how quickly music can impact our moods without us even being aware of it. Music can also impact our moods negatively. Music has memories attached to it that can really trigger difficult emotions in us. By listening to music intentionally, you can find a playlist or song that uplifts you, rather than bring you down.
Music builds community. I cannot wait for the day where we get to attend live concerts again, as I feel that live music can be transcendent. Music can connect us to each other, and set us free, which allows us to create space for healing to begin. I always love observing and feeling the energy from others when they are listening to music they can connect with. It is infectious. Our bodies respond to the vibrations of the sound, which is why we feel connected to music emotionally and physically.
Create a playlist that represents your life soundtrack. I love being able to add and remove songs to support me with whatever I am going through. Even as I write this blog, I play music in the background that inspires me and keeps me focused. I find music stimulates my creativity but also keeps me relaxed at the same time. It is essential to my self-care.
So how can you use music intentionally in your life? Next time you hear a song that catches your ear, check in with yourself: How does it make you feel? What part or aspect of the song are you drawn to?
I encourage you to take some time to find some music you can connect to, eliminate distractions, and set your intention to just listen.
Enjoy the day!
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