Welcome back, everyone! Music has a way of affecting us; that much is undeniable. It can help us tap into deep emotions or put a smile on our faces. Music can make us feel powerful and strong or like we’re center stage belting out a solo — even if we’ve never sung in front of people a day in our lives.
One thing we’ve discussed here before is the importance of crying. Letting out that catharsis can be extremely beneficial and help purge emotions. Luckily, music can help with that too. My personal favorite songs to sink into my feelings to are by Lorde, Billie Ellish, or Lana Del Rey. However, I understand that they may not be everyone’s favorites. Musical soundtracks or classical music are also great ways to connect to your emotions. Not to mention, if you have Spotify, they have playlists made specifically for people to cry to.
There are also those songs that just put a smile on our faces. They can turn a mood around and make us feel good. The songs that I go to when I need a mental pick-me-up are by Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, and Fleetwood Mac. And, just like before, Spotify has playlists for helping you smile too.
Another way that music can improve our moods is by making us feel powerful. A really great beat, inspirational lyrics, and that special touch that makes any listener feel on top of the world can make all the difference. I typically feel the most empowered when listening to powerful female artists using their platform to make statements and inspire young women. For example, Lizzo, Halsey, and Taylor Swift have amazing songs that make me feel confident. Additionally, the entire soundtrack from the recent movie, “Birds of Prey: And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn,” is incredibly empowering and filled with strong female artists.
So, whether you’re looking for some background music while you purge your emotions, a song that will make you smile, or an amazing soundtrack that makes you feel like a badass, music is the answer. Our mental health is affected by so much, but sometimes external factors like music can help little by little. I hope everyone listens to some amazing music this week; see you all next time!