Music is a great way to uplift your mood, distract your thinking and invigorate your body, by having a dance and a sing along!
Even just listening to music, perhaps linked to fun times and good memories is enough to change your mood completely.
Or alternatively, have a good soak in the bath with some relaxing or natural sounds music on and really begin to feel grounded, relaxed and calm.
Music can be extremely therapeutic!
Perhaps you could create a personal playlist of your favourite songs that you listen to to help you relax and another that makes you feel happy and energised.
Maybe you could create a playlist of songs that remind you of funny times, programmes or people of you
past, that when you think of them now they make you laugh and smile.
Then, if/when you have an anxiety or panic attack you can listen one of the playlists to help calm you.
Listen using headphones or earphones where possible to help you to concentrate on the music.
As you listen, focus on different parts that are being played, the sound, and the lyrics that are being sung. Sing along if you know the words, remember the funny time it’s associated with or the person that the song reminds you of, absorb yourself in the music.
This will help to focus your thinking away from your anxiety and fear and will instead associate you with the positive attachments from the music that you are listening to, making you feel happier and calmer.
You can of course listen to music on the radio, via an old Gramophone, CD or record Player or via TV.
The important part is to choose music that has positive connections to you, that will bring happy memories, that is lively, uplifting and positive.
You could choose to sing nursery rhymes whether there is a child near you or not, or perhaps just sing your favourite hymn whether you have music to back it up or not.
Listening to music, singing and dancing are a great way to feel better.
There are many Meet Up groups nowadays where people go and sing in choirs or modern day singing groups.
You can borrow CDs and DVDs from the local library, perhaps watch a concert of your favourite performer and sing along with them, like you’re actually there.
There is music available everywhere….. Go and get yours to feel happier, now!
To a calmer you,
I look forward to hearing how you calmed & enlivened yourself by listening, singing and possibly dancing your anxiety away!
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