To me, it’s a no-brainer that music has always had the power to help people heal.
There’s so many pent up thoughts and emotions in people’s heads these days. So many things we don’t feel comfortable saying or expressing because we’re afraid of how others might see us.
Music — whether we’re taking it in or the ones letting it out — takes the place of having to say the words we often feel can’t justify our experiences anyway.
Taking it to another level, I’ve been learning how music has even been used to treat certain diseases or disorders with its therapeutic benefits for people with Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression.
For example, music therapy can apparently “increase motivation for treatment in patients with substance-abuse disorders, improve decision-making skills and help prevent relapse.”
This might be done through certain music exercises that strengthen the part of the brain involved in decision-making or, say, by participating in a drumming circle as an alternative to verbal therapy.
Songwriting is also a way to help people process certain feelings — as is probably a lot of other art forms. Of course, I can really relate to this. Even if the song isn’t about my life, getting to channel certain emotions through my songwriting and singing can really be cathartic.
Life often seems to be a journey to freeing ourselves from our own minds. If music can help you to get there, why not lean on it? :)
So, how has music helped YOU to heal?