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The power of music on your mental health

Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
edited October 2019 in Coffee lounge

Today, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day. On the community we thought it would be beneficial to discuss music and the things you can do to support yourself. This will be specific to the individual, but here's a suggestion.

You don't have to face mental health alone.

The power of music

Back in 2011, the MIND charity found that there is in fact research that shows the positive affect that music can have on your mental health.

Personally, this is not surprising. Have you ever put on your favourite songs and had a bit of a dance around? I know I certainly have done!


MIND have also compiled their list of #MindMusicMonday songs which can be found on Spotify. There’s a range of feel good songs that is making me have a little boogie while writing this post, so be sure to check it out.

Here are some discussions that we have had on the community about music:

Do you have a favourite boogie tune? What other ways do you have of managing your mental health? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Chloe_Scope   Thank you for sharing and caring.

    I do a lot of things. I do think what helps is finding the right support. To help you.

    Often by accessing support comes with a lot of knowledge, education and learning how to adapt.

    I use mental health charities .

    Used this one last time is another option beside MIND and others.

    https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.

    Hope that gives any one a lot of confidence and have a look. You can self refer.

    As for my own issues. I do the following first make sure I am eating.  Have a range of simple standbys and simple meals .

    I know food and diet are the last aspect of mental health but it is important.

    If you do not eat then this can effect many symptoms of your mental health.

    Small meals. Is often the best way.

    I also use coping methods and strategies . This is something you learn from various mental health charities.

    Can be anything from breathing and controlling your anxiety . You recognise the symptoms can deal with it.

    Do meditation, music have a coping box . This something I have my favourite comforts.  Need to hand information, any relevant advice, guidance .

    Have leaflets on sleep, diet, wellbeing and medication.  Numbers need to use contacts.

    Have a diary plan and use this for every day a reminder.  Useful for a structured day and planning tasks daily medication. Need to take.

    Reminders on anything you need to maintain your home and keep it clean and safe.

    Be aware of your medication is another one many side effects of medication. Can be distressing so use the information to guide and help yourself provided.

    If feeling nauseous or sick or dizzy a major symptom of any medication have a glass of water or take a yogurt . Which eases the symptoms.

    I have a snack attack bowl of fruit like Apples which does help as well.

    Have to contact the Doctor that is something I would do as well. If you having problems with anything please talk to your GP.

    Medication might need adjusting or speak to your Doctor about anything you need to ask.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman





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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,943

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    I find a lot of music quite triggering, but music from the 80s is relatively safe.

    I also find exercise is good for helping to start the day off in the right frame of mind. 

    What mood-boosting tunes would you recommend @Chloe_Scope?
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you so much for this advice @thespiceman as I am sure this will be very beneficial to other members! 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    80's music is always good @Adrian_Scope! Ed Sheeran or Lucy Spraggan are my go to in terms of artists. But songs from musicals can always be mood-boosting!

    If I can't sleep or want background noise, Einaudi is very relaxing. :)
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    80's music is always good @Adrian_Scope! Ed Sheeran or Lucy Spraggan are my go to in terms of artists. But songs from musicals can always be mood-boosting!

    If I can't sleep or want background noise, Einaudi is very relaxing. :)
    What’s that? 
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,906 Disability Gamechanger
    Music plays such a big part of my life including my mental health wellness.
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  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Adrian_Scope You mentioned music might be worth looking at Classic FM range of CD's.

    They have produced a series of Mindfulness and relaxing ones. Nothing serious or high brow just a pleasant selection of classical music.

    Bought a lot of them and worth a lot does help me every time need to do a task.

    Been a survey classical music is the best one apparently for any one with mental health and especially anxiety.

    Have Classic FM on all day.  Eases my mental state constantly.

    Calming. Understand was never a fan of the music like certain artists and composers all naturally Italian but when you listen to what is played.

    You change your mind. A wide selection is played every day.

    From Films remember  a lot of it is used in film.  Also recent composers like John Barry and John Williams.

    Plus you get opera of course as you would but it is Italian tenors and a lot of it you feel good after wards.

    Pavarotti and others.  Stirring stuff.

    Add to that you will recognise a lot of the music as it is in adverts and commercials also films.

    I hope you give this a try.  Hope that helps.

    Please take care.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    80's music is always good @Adrian_Scope! Ed Sheeran or Lucy Spraggan are my go to in terms of artists. But songs from musicals can always be mood-boosting!

    If I can't sleep or want background noise, Einaudi is very relaxing. :)
    What’s that? 
    Einaudi is a classical artist. Here is my favourite one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uffjii1hXzU 
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  • PritchardPritchard Member Posts: 7 Courageous
    Music is very relaxing.  A composer called Brian Tough, and lyricist Me put a very therapeutic demo together. Whenever I'm upset I listen to it and it brings relaxation. At a later date I'll see if I can share it, if not as a demo as a lyrical poem.
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Member Posts: 712 Pioneering
    I like a little bit of everything. I find music helps me a lot if I'm feeling a bit down. Thanks for posting @Chloe_Scope it's been great to read everybody's suggestions.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @Pritchard and @emmarenshaw for sharing your thoughts on this!
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,943

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    Hello @Adrian_Scope You mentioned music might be worth looking at Classic FM range of CD's.

    They have produced a series of Mindfulness and relaxing ones. Nothing serious or high brow just a pleasant selection of classical music.

    Bought a lot of them and worth a lot does help me every time need to do a task.

    Been a survey classical music is the best one apparently for any one with mental health and especially anxiety.

    Have Classic FM on all day.  Eases my mental state constantly.

    Calming. Understand was never a fan of the music like certain artists and composers all naturally Italian but when you listen to what is played.

    You change your mind. A wide selection is played every day.

    From Films remember  a lot of it is used in film.  Also recent composers like John Barry and John Williams.

    Plus you get opera of course as you would but it is Italian tenors and a lot of it you feel good after wards.

    Pavarotti and others.  Stirring stuff.

    Add to that you will recognise a lot of the music as it is in adverts and commercials also films.

    I hope you give this a try.  Hope that helps.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman
    Thanks @thespiceman. That's a good suggestion actually. I actually have a few Spotify playlists full of classical and instrumentals which I find great for relaxation, so I will give Classic FM a whirl.
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  • AilsAils Member Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for a great thread which I have enjoyed reading, @Chloe_Scope.  Really great to keep raising awareness of mental health.  I love listening to music too when I feel a bit down or stressed and believe that music can play such a big part in stirring good emotions inside of you.  I enjoy 80's music also as this really cheers me up and brings back great memories of going out partying.  My husband's uncle is an amateur singer and we have a couple of his CDs in which he sings all the old Scottish tunes which always makes me feel patriotic and good when I listen to them.  Especially spurs me on when I am doing some housework!  Some radio stations are great too and Radio 2 is my favourite at the moment for a mixture of good tunes.  

    I also enjoy doing things such as knitting, arts and crafts and Tai Chi to lift my spirits.  :smiley:
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  • Philippa1961Philippa1961 Member Posts: 19 Courageous
    edited October 2019
    I like all types of music as my mum's favourite music was classical, my dad's was jazz, they liked middle of the road misic as well, and, I  grew up listening to 60's music.  However what I listen to depends on my mood and I can be nostalgic quite regularly as it reminds me of happier times. 

    I also like reading, knitting, crafts and arts plus writing.
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  • dolfrogdolfrog Member Posts: 440 Pioneering
    Chloe_Scope 
    Music and its various rhythms, beats, etc, have been part of human evolution for many thousands of years. 
    going back to what we sometimes call tribal dances, etc. 
    It is part of how we process sound, or what the ears hear, unlike specific sound based language we can create our own interpretations and possible meaning to various types or forms of music.
    Sometimes time we add lyrics to music add a more specific message. 
    The music we may prefer will probably depend on the music we listened to while growing up as part of  our development, and sometimes something that others have created which best matches our personal experiences and preferences,
    Personally I my main area of interest is Blues/Rock music of the ;ate 1960s 70s and early 80s, mainly the more instrumental tracks, (processing the meaning of lyrics can be a problem due to my disability) And sometimes some classical music. 
    As I coping strategy I put my headphones on to cut out all the background noise and listen to my favourite tracks

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you @Ails, @Philippa1961 and @dolfrog for taking the time to share this with us.

    I'm so glad that you ( @Ails and @Philippa1961 ) have found crafts really helpful as well. I personally love to crochet and write. Although, I don't do them as much as I'd like!

    That's a really interesting way of seeing things @dolfrog, thank you for sharing. :)
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  • KnobblyKneesKnobblyKnees Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    Woke up feeling really tense about an assessment appointment and then One Day Like This by Elbow came on the radio and all my worries melted away for 4 minutes.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @KnobblyKnees, I'm really glad music helped and I hope your assessment goes okay! :)
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  • KnobblyKneesKnobblyKnees Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    Thanks @ Chloe_Scope, I'm expecting to do as well as our entries in the Eurovision. Nil Points.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Well I will keep my fingers crossed for you @KnobblyKnees!
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    Good luck @KnobblyKnees. :smile:
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  • Jaanu38Jaanu38 Member Posts: 24 Courageous
    Hi I have a multitude of health problems and I'm disabled but I don't let that affect me. I enjoy going to live music shows occasionally even though it's tiring but it really lifts me up. Some venues might offer 2 for 1 carers tickets, always worth asking. 
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    What do you like to go and see @Jaanu38?
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  • Jaanu38Jaanu38 Member Posts: 24 Courageous
    Hi I like to go and see live Bollywood music, theatre, dance performances, stage shows. I have grown up with Bollywood since I was a child so it is something that has an extremely positive effect on my mental health and overall wellbeing.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    They all sound lovely! Have you seen any recently @Jaanu38? :)
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  • Jaanu38Jaanu38 Member Posts: 24 Courageous
    They all sound lovely! Have you seen any recently @Jaanu38? :)
    Hi Chloe yes...went to a Bollywood live show in June... I try to go when possible although just depends on how I am feeling.  But when I am there it's absolutely amazing and I can forget about my problems.  
  • M_AnthonyM_Anthony Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 309 Pioneering
    I mostly listen to rock and indie stuff. However when I really want to relax I like listening to film soundtracks and also 80s style Synthesizer music like NewRetroWave on YouTube.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    That's great to hear @Jaanu38, I bet that was amazing!

    I love film tracks as well @M_Anthony! The theory of everything is a really relaxing one. :)
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  • AlisonNettyAlisonNetty Member Posts: 138 Pioneering
    I would never go out if it wasn't for music. I stuffer with Depression and anxious along with a few other things. I have a walker and I'm very aware of the way people look at me which makes my anxious become worse...so I brought myself some headphones and listen to my music and just get on with being out... I enjoy listening to Spotify. People can be so rude and stare at ya if your different and I think it's not fair..but hey that's life. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @AlisonNetty, thank you for sharing this with us, but I'm sorry for people staring and making you uncomfortable. I can get anxious when I'm on trains as I just find them really overwhelming if it is busy. Buying noise cancelling headphones was the best thing I did!

    Do you like a specific type of music? I find spotify is great for playlists! :)
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