Music is a very, very great tool - a lot more powerful that most people give it credit for. Music can make us laugh, let us cry or remind us of a particular event or person in our lives.
Because of that, theres been a trend lately to try to cure or heal depression with music. Here are a several tips that can help someone dealing with depression get over it with the help of music.
Your first thought might be to go with happy, cheerful music. Because that music would alter your mood and all is solved, right? Well, I know that when Im annoyed, and even dealing with depression, if I had to deal with a lively, happy song, I would like to punch someone. You like to gradually work your way out.
At first, its okay to confirm your feelings. Find a song that talks about whats on your mind. Usually, this is a "nothings going right, theres no way out" song. Depending on how long you like to spend, it can even be a few songs. You dont like to stay there though.
After that, search a "nothings going right now, however perhaps theres a hope" song. Then graduate to a "nothings going right, however my head it up and it doesnt bother me because I do have hope" variety. You can more often than not search a good gospel song by Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker or Marvin Sapp.
However, the type of song is completely up to you, whatever fits your personal tastes. If you chose, you can even go a little further to an upbeat, peppy "Hey, everythings okay!" song. For me personally though, thats a bit much.
I like to stop on the "Okay, I do have hope now" portion. Make sure to lose those headphones! If youre dealing with depression, you already feel inaccessible in your own small world, so dont further that. Turn on your stereo and let just unwind in the music. Soak it in. Make sure youre wearing comfortable clothing, close your eyes, sit back and merely take the music in.
Dont be bothered by anything else - focus totally on the words of the song and the beat. Go ahead and cry if you want to - depression needs an outlet. If you want to scream, go ahead. Absolutely crying my heart out has been some of the best help for me.
It feels like so much has been lifted from me when thats done. Connect to the words of the song - make it personal. Originally, relate to the deep depression of the song you started with. That way, youll be able to relate to the second and third (even fourth) waves of music.
When youre done, dont just jump back into the world. Stay there, rest and think about what youve just heard. You heard someone say theres hope and you put yourself in that condition, visualizing your own hope.
Theres a very powerful relationship among your brain and your physical body, so if you like to spent an hour with this method, youre going to feel at least a little better if you genuinely go with it. Obviously, if you like to stay stuck in depression, you will.
However, if youre looking for a way out, some music therapy will help. Try a little music therapy for your own depression, or pass it along to a big name else who is struggling. Either way, its a technique that will help.
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