For me music is needed on a daily basis. If I am hearing the upbeat music, with my earbuds that means I am getting a run/workout in (which also means that I will be a happier person after I am done.) If I am listening to music during the day, it usually means I am taking a break between clients. Some of the other clinicians I work with listen to NPR, I however don’t want to listen to anything that makes me think. I want to get out of my head whether it is a quick 5 mins between clients or as much as 1 hour between clients. I just want to relax.
While in a session with a client recently we were talking about his coping skills he uses when he gets overwhelmed. He suffers from an ear issue with creates vertigo very easily and creates a lot of anxiety for him because he is always concerned about how things will affect him. Anyway, he reported that he has found instrumental music played at a low volume, very peaceful and calming. I think the only reason I found this a little odd because I was concerned that due to his vertigo that he would find music overwhelming but good news, that is not the case. Proof that music can be a good coping skill hence the reason us therapist recommend it!
I also find music makes me cry. Most of the time because I am reminiscing about the moment I heard the song or it is a story I can relate to. Some of the songs that make me cry the most are songs like any version of Amazing Grace, Halleluiah, Rascal Flats “My Wish”, Martina McBride’s “Teenage Daughters”, and that is just to name a few.
In saying all this, the role music plays in my life is huge. It is included daily. Sometimes it makes me cry, sometimes it makes me smile (most songs by Brad Paisley), sometimes it gives me energy to run a little farther, and other times it just helps take my mind off of things and relax.