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Music: The natural stress reducer

My last post read like a leaked journal entry of a metal patient. I was stressing all kinds of things not the least of which was looking like an elephant in a photo. A now destroyed photo. Ha!

I decided it was time for my meds. No, not pills or alcohol. Music. Although I am losing my hearing due to inherited progressive nerve deafness, I can still hear and enjoy music. For that alone, I am eternally grateful.

When I get crazy, worrying or stressing, depressed or upset, I turn to music. I had my headphones on when I was in labor with both of my sons and gave birth naturally to both with no medication at all even though I was induced for the second one. OUCH. But the music got me through it. I also bring my iPod with me to the dentist so I can bear sitting there having him mess with my teeth. I get nervous when I am there but music lets me drift away from the anxiety. I had surgery to repair a deviated septum which required breaking my nose with a hammer and chisel while I was wide awake. Nothing but local anesthesia which was my choice. That was insane but music got me through it. Thinking back though, I should have let them give me something to calm me down. That was brutal.

Tonight I am listening to Spotify. It depends on my mood which of my many radio stations, playlists, and genres I will listen to. I am playing my "Fun songs" playlist and I feel about 10000 times better than I did earlier. Music has always played a big part in my life although I can't sing a note on key. I love many genres and eras. I have somewhat eclectic tastes but also I like hair bands from the 80's and indie bands not many know. I love soundtracks too. Classical music has a place as well. I like it all to varying degrees.

I am relaxed and feeling so much better. Music is my therapy .

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MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 3:47 AM

Music is GREAT. I have some songs I really love. Some of them help exercise go better, more intensely. "Fame" is a great song for doing step aerobics. I used to love that song coming on when we were doing the high reaches, because the room the class was done in at that time had a low ceiling and with the music, I could JUST touch the ceiling but not if it was a different song.

PattyTherre wrote on October 28, 2014, 3:50 AM

I always listen to my own music when exercising even if I am doing a DVD with music unless it has some really GOOD songs. Music can change my mood instantly and it helps me to exercise so much longer and have fun at the same time.

bestwriter wrote on October 28, 2014, 4:32 AM

I have a huge collection but strangely I hardly listen to any music. My thoughts keep me quite engrossed.

Madcanman wrote on October 28, 2014, 5:26 AM

Ahh, I have to agree- music is therapeutic and calming. I used to be able to listen to music on the job, but a promotion and huge step up the ladder (which is a good thing) took that away, unfortunately. I have my favorite stations in Pandora and Jango, and especially enjoy getting lost in any of the ambient stations. I also like to pick up my guitar and sit and strum quietly whenever I get the chance. Throughout my teens music was originally going to be my career of choice, but I let life get in the way and now here I am, forty-some years, five grown kids, 2 ex-wives and several lifetimes, it seems, later, getting by, and still dreaming of being a professional musician. Oh well, life goes on, right?

maxeen wrote on October 28, 2014, 7:28 AM

I get out of bed and my guitar is next to me,I always play it for ten minutes before anything else..

Dawnwriter wrote on October 28, 2014, 8:56 AM

I am glad you are feeling better. For me, writing is the best therapy:-)

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 28, 2014, 9:56 AM

I am a music lover, I come from a family of a lot of musicians and a few singer celebrities. My daughter graduated bachelor of music so I love music

imphavok wrote on October 28, 2014, 10:09 AM

I love music. I find it very mood enhancing and listening to it always makes e feel better

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 28, 2014, 11:44 AM

Music is a good stress reducer. I like all forms of music except rap. Last night I listened to some great Classical music on youtube and it did help calm a stressful situation.

Feisty56 wrote on October 28, 2014, 11:59 AM

I find I use music for all sorts of reasons, too. When life becomes emotionally overwhelming, I retreat by listening to music and allow it to carry me elsewhere in my thoughts.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 2:01 AM

I wish I knew how to use MP3 in the hospital. I really need my sleep music wherever there is noise. Hospitals are very noisy and full of stress.

nbaquero wrote on November 4, 2014, 4:58 PM

You are right PattyTherre Music help us relax and get us through difficult moments.

acrogodess914 wrote on November 7, 2014, 6:05 AM

I love music. I love to listen to it. I love to sing. It does calm me.

paigea wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:44 PM

That's great that music can be such a help to you in so many situations.