How to use music as medicine

COVID-19 has changed the face of the world for the immediate short term and likely long term. Whilst many people use the phrase "We're all in the same boat" I like to think otherwise.

In truth, we're all in the same storm but in different boats. This means we're all in the same macro situation of governmental lockdown measures, social distancing and economic difficulties. Yet we are each uniquely in a different personal situation. Some of us are in able to work from home, some are struggling to balance childcare with work responsibilities, some have found themselves out of work and with a scary uncertain future.

We're all in the same storm but in different boats.

Now more than ever, caring for our mental health is important. Whilst our mental health condition is not something we can have control over in certain situations, most of us can take positive action to care and check in with how we are feeling and thinking. Mental health is strongly linked to our physical health, so it's key to look after both.

How can music be your medicine?

Medicine not in the form of tablets or medication, but this is figurative medicine in the form of stress relief and healthy productivity. Listening to music can transport you to a different world, being back beautiful memories and bring a sense of calm. Learning music can cultivate a positive hobby, introduce you to new friends in the music community and give a sense of achievement when reflecting back to where you started.

Create somewhere that is your personal space, welcoming and where you listen to your favourite music. Decorate your instrument practise space with plants and photographs. Take a deep dive and watch a digital concert on the big screen!

Music is beautiful, healing, exciting, calming and empowering.

If you or someone you know is showing signs of anxiety or worry (such as insomnia/ changes to appetite or regular behaviour), please speak to someone you trust. Don't keep these feeling inside because just talking helps to ease the mental burden. For advice, please consult your doctor or visit organisations such as MIND for support.