Transforming Mental Health Through Music
Did you know that music has the power to heal? It’s true! In fact, there is a growing body of research that supports the use of music as a treatment for mental health disorders. From reducing stress and anxiety to improving moods and cognitive function, music can be an incredibly effective tool in healing the mind. In this blog post, we will explore the healing power of music and how it can be used to improve mental health.
As a company that has personally been affected by mental health, the topic is near and dear to our hearts. We speak with first-hand experience after losing a loved one from this devastating illness. In fact, an entire album came from processing pain from the loss. Our goal and desire are to help others and we aim to educate and provide resources for those who are struggling. With the heartbreaking news of the recent suicide of Naomi Judd, we thought it was time to talk about mental illness again and normalize the conversations.
Mental illness is painful
Mental illness is painful both for the person suffering and for those who love them. It can be hard to understand why someone you care about is struggling and what you can do to help. When you’re feeling helpless, know that there are things you can do to support your loved one and yourself.
One of the best things you can do is educate yourself about mental illness. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to support your loved one. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about mental illness, so it’s important to get your information from reliable sources. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a great resource for education and support, for starters.
Mental illness and the music industry
The music industry is no stranger to mental illness. In recent years, we’ve seen a number of high-profile musicians open up about their struggles with mental health. From Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, and Zayn Malik, these artists are helping to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and showing fans that it’s okay to ask for help.
Music artists who have struggled with mental health
In a 2018 interview with Esquire Magazine, Bruce Springsteen said “I have come close enough to [mental illness] where I know I am not completely well myself.” He has talked about having two mental breakdowns over the course of his career and having a family history of mental illness. The most important things he’s learned along the way were to get and stay on medication and monitor his children for any signs, as his father was schizophrenic.
In an interview with American Way Magazine, shared by ABC News, Demi Lovato talked about her struggles with an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, and addiction. She said, “As a pop star, I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve got bipolar disorder — it’s nothing that anyone can be ashamed of.’” Lovato has been open about her struggles in order to help others who might be going through the same thing. She has now found the right combination of treatment to help her manage her mental illness and is an advocate for mental health awareness.
Caring for your mental health as a touring music artist
If you’re a touring musician, it’s important to take care of your mental health. Touring can be a very stressful and demanding experience, so it’s essential to make time for self-care. Here are some tips for taking care of your mental health while on tour:
- Get enough sleep: Sleep is crucial for both physical and mental health. Be sure to get at least seven hours of sleep each night, if not more.
- Eat healthy: Eating nutritious meals will help your body and mind to function at their best. Make sure to pack healthy snacks and have access to healthy meals while on tour.
- Exercise: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental health. Even if you can only fit in a quick workout, it will make a difference. 5 minutes can make a difference in your mood.
- Stay connected: When you’re away from home, it’s easy to feel isolated and lonely. Be sure to stay in touch with your loved ones and let them know how you’re doing. Connecting with nature is also a great way to change your environment quickly by just going outside.
- See a therapist: If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist can provide support and guidance when you’re dealing with difficult emotions.