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Getting In Touch with Your Emotions

Updated on November 11, 2010

Music Defines You

What type of music do you like? Why? What does it do for you? How does it make you feel?

Music is a great way of expressing yourself, because you can identify with the lyrics, beat, or specific styles of the music itself and instruments that are used. Quite often when you don't have words for a feeling, you are reminded of a song you like. It is easy, then, to begin to associate certain songs with particular memories - people, events, and places.

How Music Can Help

There are times when music is your dose of mental health wellness. Hearing something you like can snap you out of a blue mood, perk you up if you're tired or lull you to sleep, give you courage or inspiration, bring you closer to God or another person, spark romance, or instill creative thoughts when you have mind freeze (in your work or with school). It is so powerful that music is recommended by health professionals, because they know that music can touch people in a way unlike anything else. It can reveal your true self and help you get to the root of your issues.

And while there's no wrong or right type of music to listen to, there are certain types that tend to be suited for certain situations. If you are interested in exploring ways to enhance your life, and you have no qualms about different genres, you might like the following suggestions:

  • Classical - while studying or brainstorming
  • Jazz and Blues - to evoke feelings of playfulness, romance, or calm
  • Rock, Latin, Country, Rap - while exercising
  • Relaxation and Inspirational - while meditating or praying
  • Country - to evoke romance or reflection

Additionally, certain sounds can speak to your emotions - percussions for tamping down manic thoughts or inducing excitement and happiness; string instruments for evoking sadness, beauty, calm, happiness, or romance; wind instruments for evoking excitement, romance, or beauty; and pianos for evoking inspiration, beauty, calm, or romance.

Feeling Your Pain

For all the good that music can do for you, you can be drawn to its more negative forms when you are feeling poorly about yourself or bad things that have happened to you. And while it can be helpful temporarily in allowing you to vent, you can become locked into that mindset if you are not careful about limiting your time of looking back and/or blocking out things that you feel or have had happen to you. When that occurs, you become jaded at how you look at the world, and instead of finding real solace in your music, you are only bringing up more and more pain for yourself and those around you.

Not all music is bad per se, but it tends to become marred by the lyrics. Many artists use their music to express their pain about life too, so by listening to negative types of songs, you open yourself up to taking on those artists' pains and carrying them with you every time you listen to their music. Some might argue that instruments themselves can create noise and chaos just as much as the wrong lyrics. That is true, but then everyone has his or her own opinion. What might sound like nails on a chalkboard for one person can be what soothes another. The point to all of this is to get yourself back to your "happy place", rather than trying to wallow in misery or keep yourself back from fulfilling your potential. Music can and will help you do this, if you open up your mind to it and let the music move you.


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