With so much time on our hands right now, we play culprit to letting our thoughts run wild and we begin to question ourselves. During this time, we are vulnerable more than ever.
I received some awful news today about a friend, and it’s made me open my laptop and write endlessly. Nothing of the sort that makes sense, mind. But just writing. I wanted my mind to wander off and think about something else, so I talked about the one thing I can talk about. Music. I wrote and wrote, wanting to utter some words of wisdom that I wish I shared with that very friend, before today happened.
I’d rather it come from me than no one at all so, you’re not alone in this world. Believe it or not, music has the potential to change and enhance your mood tenfold. Music helps people express their feelings – whether it’s romanticising with Elvis or screaming the house down with Black Sabbath, it helps people let go and embrace themselves.
So, I want you *right now* to reach out to a nearby friend, colleague or family relative, ask them how their day has gone and let them know about what you’ve been playing since Monday. Let’s share our thoughts with one another through the power of music. I know we can do it. We do it all the time with ourselves, so why not replicate that with one another?
I don’t mean to get more morbid than I already am, but, depression is a mental illness that has seriously amplified over the course of lockdown. And so, one of the definitive coping mechanisms to depression is listening to music – more specifically listening to sad music – which actually makes people with depression feel better about themselves and the situation. That is why the tearjerkers are our go-to when we are already down – there’s a feeling there of relatable acceptance. This relatable acceptance is what we’re looking for and what people look for in music.
It is that that rush that we look for in our everyday lives, and so reach out, will you? You never know – that could save a person one day.
Thanks all x