We are all living in difficult times at the moment. Much of the world is social distancing, jobs have shut down, thousands of people are sick, and millions more are scared.
Music can be powerful in times like these. Here are some of the ways that music can help all of us navigate this trying season:
- Music brings us together (even when we can’t be together).
We may not be able to gather for concerts or shows right now, but music is still capable of bringing us together. When you hear a song that perfectly expresses what you’re feeling, you immediately feel connected to the artist. When a friend sends you a link to a song that made them think of you, you feel a stronger connection with that friend. These examples show that music has a way of making us feel more connected to one another, which is more important now than perhaps ever before.
- Music relaxes us and reduces stress.
Music has also been proven to promote relaxation and reduce stress in the human body. Listening to calming music can slow the heart rate and lower cortisol levels, which is the body’s stress hormone. Music can also help you to sleep more restfully for more extended periods. So, if the quarantine has you feeling stressed, anxious, or restless, take some time out of each day to listen to some relaxing music. It might be just the thing you need!
- Music helps us process our emotions.
Last but not least, music can help us effectively process our emotions during this trying time. Sometimes, our emotions may seem to difficult to deal with. When we can identify what we’re feeling, however, we are in a better position to process our feelings. Creating music can be an outlet for expression while listening to music can be useful in sorting out exactly what we’re feeling.
Have you ever broken down crying while listening to a song that expressed exactly what your heart was feeling? Chances are, you were bottling up your emotions and not allowing yourself to process them. Hearing the right song at the right time can make those emotions come pouring out, and although that might be uncomfortable at first, it’s important not to keep those feelings locked inside. We all need to be processing our emotions during this time. That’s the only way we can all get around to healing. Fortunately for us, we have music to help us get there.