Mental health affects so many of us, and you may not realise it now, but you are not alone. It sounds cliché, but it is also very true, and we need to remember that. Music has helped many of us through really hard times, but what would you say if we told you that it could also be used as a form of therapy? Music therapy is a fast-growing way of expressing yourself and working through mental health issues – and it might be just what you need. Why not read on and see what you think?
What is Music Therapy?
The way it works is that it allows you to express yourself in a new and relaxed manner, so there is no pressure on you to speak directly with a therapist, and you can work through feelings at your own pace. You have the option to go for group therapy, so you can interact with others, or just have a one on one session with a therapist.
The first form of music therapy is where you get to create and play music using some provided instruments. These are really basic, like wood blocks and cymbals, so you don’t need any experience or skill in order to play them. The second form is where you sit and listen to music while performing a creative task, like painting, in order to get your feelings out there. It makes you feel good, and lets you work through the issues that you are having.
How Can it Help?
In a nutshell, it teaches you new ways of expression so that you can communicate your feelings in a way that is both clear and healthy. It gives you confidence and a feeling of self-worth because you know that you have better control and a deeper understanding of what is going on in your mind. As a result, your self-esteem is also increased, and you can access emotions as well as past traumas that were previously locked away, or you could not access.
Music therapy can teach you how to regulate your mood, so you are better able to control yourself and learn how to handle any sudden feelings and impulses that arise. As time goes on, you will become better at the process and more able to control them quickly and efficiently. Plus, the music will leave you feeling incredibly peaceful and relaxed, allowing you to experience a truly tranquil environment in which to relieve your thoughts
How Does Mental Health Affect Us?
Mental health affects millions of people around the world, and it is something that we need to learn to become more tolerant of and educate ourselves about. To show you just how much mental health affects us, here are some statistics for the most common mental health issues and the number of people in the USA that suffer from them:
- Anxiety: 3.1%
- Depression: 8.3%
- OCD: 1%
- PTSD: 3.5%
- Suicide Attempts: 0.5%
- Self-harm: 4% (adults) 15% (teens)
How to Start Music Therapy
Starting music therapy is not difficult, and there are two routes you can take to get there. It is possible to get a referral through your doctor, and all you need to do is make an appointment to discuss music therapy and why you feel that you may benefit from it. If you don’t want to go through the referral process, however, there are many centres that will take direct applications.
Music therapy is a fantastic way to get your mind back on track and also try and come to terms with some of the issues that you are facing. It’s a really simple form of therapy, and one that doesn’t put any pressure on you, but it can also have amazing results. If you have found the subject of music and mental health an interesting one, you seriously need to consider reading our detailed and fully referenced article on the subject – you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
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Will is a freelance writer & blogger. If you are interested in more information on music therapy, audio guides and gear reviews , be sure to check out Will’s articles at Myaudiosound.co.uk
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