Soothing Yourself With Sound
Updated: Oct 17, 2019
I’ve known in theory that music can play a role in addressing physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individual. According to the American Music Therapy Association, a qualified music therapist can create a treatment plan including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Only recently have I had the chance to prove this theory.
When I got back into singing the purpose was to help me with depression. I had tried art therapy and while I gained pleasure from it, I found it was just too hard on my hands (I have limited use due to fibromyalgia which is most severe in my hands). Singing has always been my first love but it become so wrapped up in emotional pain that I stayed away from it. My therapist felt it could be of great help and encouraged me to give it a try. I found an understanding teacher who helped me to ease back in to the point of finding joy in performing, something I never thought possible.
The Kavanaugh hearings were so upsetting that my therapist said “no” to any news programming until after the election and suggested that I increase my use of music therapy. I have made playlists of favorite songs and found new musicals to enjoy (the music from The Greatest Showman is a regular on my listening list). This helps to keep my thinking positive.
You may not be a singer, but if you yourself feeling a little blue, you may discover that whistling a happy tune just might make you feel better.