One of the main ways I manage my anxiety is by changing my mood through music.
Music can change your mood instantly, or even within minutes. It can make you feel happy, excited, confident, sad, upset and many more emotions. Music can also motivate you.
Music can affect your mood in many different ways.
The rhythm, pitch, meter and timber of music are managed in the areas of the brain that deal with emotions and mood. Your heartbeat syncs with the rhythm of a song – beating slow when you are listening to a sad or depressing song, and beating faster when you are listening to a more upbeat song.
The reason that upbeat and soothing music makes you feel good is because it makes you feel happier. This happiness is due to the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Deficiencies in these neurotransmitters are common in depression, anxiety disorders, related illnesses/disorders and even with increased levels of stress.
Music can help you through sadness, depression and pain.
I find that being able to relate to the lyrics of a song can really help me to get over something and help me through it. When I’m depressed I don’t like to listen to upbeat, happy music first, I like to listen to sad music so I can really feel the sadness and the pain – so that I’m not just masking the depression with music, I’m getting through it using the music. Then I’ll listen to happier and more upbeat music gradually until I feel good again.
I find changing my mood through music to be one of the best ways of managing my anxiety – I hope it works for you too.
I will be posting specific playlists and albums that you can use to change your mood, whether you need to relax, sleep, feel happier, manage your anxiety/depression/stress, find lyrics you can relate to and many more.