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Music and Your Mental Health

Music has been apart of human history since the Stone Age. The earliest evidence of a musical instrument was the bone flute believed to be 40,000 years old. Music also played a therapeutic role across many of the ancient civilizations. In the Ancient Greece civilization, music was used a strategy for restoring ones peace of mind. The people of the communities, incorporated music education and an awareness of music's healing benefits into the practices of their communities. Music continues to be a healing and restorative outlet for human beings, helping to release and connect to emotions, create inspiration, enhance creativity, influence culture, and promote change.

Music can be used as a coping strategy for those going through difficult times. It can also be used as a tool for getting motivation or setting the tone of the type of day one wants to have. A song can greatly impact the way a person feels and how they connect to the world around them.

Five strategies for incorporating music in your mental health

  1. Create a playlist of your favorite songs or songs that cheer you up to uplift your mood

  2. Play a song that triggers your emotions and allow yourself to cry out what you've been holding in

  3. Play an instrument or learn how to play one to improve self-esteem and self-worth

  4. Write a song about what you are struggling with in your life

  5. Attend a concert to change up your routine and uplift your spirit

  6. Dance to a song that inspires you to receive endorphins and create movement in your body

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