Debbie Caine a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. She completed her Master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Oakland University, and works with individuals, couples, families, and groups across a range of presenting issues.
Music can be a coping mechanism when we need a mood boost.
Music has a way of evoking many different emotions. I remember the turntable in our home growing up spinning all kinds of sounds from Motown, jazz, classical, R&B, and even Disney classics. I smile as I notice the resurgence of “vinyls” and the memory of taking some of my allowance to purchase a 45 record of one of the top 40 songs. I knew that if music was playing in our home, all was well. Music has the power to elicit all kinds of emotions, and can also serve to bridge the divide between generations.
Today, music is in the forefront and the background of my life. Music provides the opportunity to visit special memories; to get my body moving, for inspiration, to celebrate, and to worship. The emotions we experience through music can be healthy for us too. According to an article published in Psychology Today, there are over 400 music studies that have determined that listening to music can reduce anxiety, fight depression, and boost the immune system.
BUT is there a time when music can negatively impact our mental health? It depends on the individual and the reason they use music to regulate their mood. Be mindful of those playlists and what emotions it will accentuate. Music may provide a temporary solace or diversion, but make sure to seek the help of a professional counselor to get to the root of the issue.