Music and My Mental Health

Music has a major role and impact on my mental health for many reasons. When I have my bad days, I find that certain songs are able express how I am feeling when I am unable to say what it is I am feeling. I feel like I can never fully articulate how I feel… Read more »

by LouisaSadler 8 months ago

Music has a major role and impact on my mental health for many reasons.

When I have my bad days, I find that certain songs are able express how I am feeling when I am unable to say what it is I am feeling. I feel like I can never fully articulate how I feel during my bad days, it’s like I can’t find the words that can truly convey what it is I am feeling. So, I need something that is able to express what it is I’m feeling, and this is where music comes in.

I have certain songs that I always go to during my bad days that are able to express what it is I am feeling. They are often seen as depressing songs because of the lyrics but to me it’s like the lyrics were written to specifically describe what is going on in my head.

These are the songs that I turn to during my bad days:

  • Echo – Jason Walker

  • The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

  • Castle of Glass – Linkin Park

  • Lost in Paradise – Evanescence

Some of the lyrics in each of these songs can say what I am unable to when my depression gets too much. They often do make me cry but I’m already in a bad place mentally so for me crying is inevitable during this period. Despite making me cry, I am really grateful for these songs because they also give me the strength I need to get through this rough patch.

On the upside of this, when I am in a really good place mentally, I tend to blast my favourite songs and sing my heart out (badly I will admit). These are currently my favourite songs:

  • The Chain – Evanescence

  • Figure it Out – Royal Blood

  • Don’t Think Twice – Hikaru Utada

  • Face My Fears – Hikaru Utada and Skrillex

  • Closer to the Edge – 30 Seconds to Mars

I always feel so good after a session of singing at the tops of my lungs (once again really badly) and allowing myself to get lost in the music and forget about the world for a little while. I find this so uplifting and mentally has such a positive impact on me.

This is the impact music can have on me mentally both positively and negatively. I love my music and honestly wouldn’t know what I would do without it.