Support Post – Music Is the best therapy

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Throughout my depression, music has been the only constant comfort that I felt brave enough to turn to. Music was there for me when I needed it, music told me what I wanted to hear and music truly has been the best therapy for me.

Throughout my spell of depression I have experienced a number of panic attacks. You can’t breathe, the room spins and your hands shake uncontrollably.  The only way I could calm myself was to get lost in music. To put my headphones in and ignore the world. Within my world of music I feel no judgement, I feel no prejudice. A song won’t tell me to ‘snap out of it’ or ‘perk up’, a song will give me the courage to fight by reaching into my inner feelings.

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Photo of Band ‘Scarlet

A subscription to Spotify was the best purchase I have made in the last few months. Having access to thousands of songs, songs I can pick and choose for what mood I feel and songs I can stream through my TV, in my car and even when I am on the train. This gives me comfort that the one thing I truly find comfort in can be with me whenever I need.

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Photo of Band ‘The Mono LP’s’

I attended a music event a few weeks back with a good friend of mine called ‘Threshold Festival’. I attended this just after feeling my lowest. Being in a room with hundreds of other music fans, watching and meeting some of the best bands Liverpool has to offer, made me feel I could start to pick up the pieces of my life. I met some incredible people that night, people I hope will become good friends for a long time. Watching these people perform in essence gave me courage to find myself again. And as for my friend I attended with, knowing he is by my side every step of the way is the most heart-warming feeling I could ever ask for. For the entire Threshold Festival a smile never left my face (until I was stuffing it with amazing food).

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 21.58.40I made the decision to attend as many music events as I could this year. Music has had such a big impact on my life, I don’t want to give up on the feeling it gives me. I have invested in many gig tickets and I plan to invest in many more.

As well as listening to music I have started to play. I decided to start learning bass guitar, with a good friend who is not only helping me through my depression but helping me to become a global superstar (in my dreams).  Just having something to look forward to of an evening when I am on my own gives me a little glimmer of hope. Yes I can’t talk to, hug or really gain physical comfort from my bass guitar, but I can look damn good playing it!

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 21.58.55Thank you so much to Cat for sharing how important music is in her recovery! It’s great to hear all sorts of things that can be used as therapy in our lives.

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