I’ve always been a music lover and I’ll freely admit to having somewhat of an eclectic taste that probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. What I am listening to totally reflects my mood. I find it helps me, mentally and emotionally.
Music helps me to focus or it allows me to distance myself from anxious thoughts. A distraction, if you like. Mindfulness is quite a thing now; you hear about it everywhere and I think most of us would agree that some sort of ‘time-out’ from our own over-thinking minds, can only be a good thing.
Mindfulness enables us to live fully in the present moment; thinking about breathing or focussing on sensations throughout the body whilst letting go of everything else that’s happening around us. Music helps me do this too – On a good day, I can completely close my mind to everything else, and just be.. in that very moment (anxiety allowing).
This theory is backed up by research as talked about here on the BBC website. I absolutely believe that this is true, and whilst it’s not a ‘magic’ fix to all ills, it can definitely give me a boost when I need it.
What music inspires you? What music gives you that positive boost or allows you to ‘feel’, if only for a minute?
As I said, my music taste is a mixed bag, but I like music that makes me feels something. I love a good power ballad when I want to shout my feelings from the rooftops, but simply can’t. I like to listen to something with sheer emotion and that helps me cry if I need to, or let my frustrations out by ‘singing’ along (sorry neighbours!) I also have been known to listen to more ’emo’ or darker music when the mood takes me.
On the whole, I’m pretty much a pop music lover. I’m really loving Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato for some real emosh stuff and I absolutely love Twenty One Pilots for music that says what I’m thinking. The mind can be a scary place sometimes – music for me, is like a journey; a story and I relate to so many of their lyrics. ❤️
Here’s what I’ve been listening to recently:
- The entire Divide album – Ed Sheeran (Absolutely beautiful emotional rollercoaster)
- Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless
- Born This Way – Lady Gaga
- Fire Meets Gasoline – Sia
- Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia (Never fails to make me cry!)
- Stone Cold – Demi Lovato
- Nightingale – Demi Lovato
- Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
- The Run and Go – Twenty One Pilots
- Hurts – Emeli Sande
- Heavydirtysoul – Twenty One Pilots
- Migraine – Twenty One Pilots
Also listening to Panic! At The Disco thanks to my teenager! ❤️
What’s on your music playlist?