Down in the dumps? Instead of turning to smoking, drugs or alcohol, turn on the radio - and teach your kids to do the same.
Natasha was fairly prone to depression, and would get upset often. One
day when she was feeling miserable for no apparent reason, she turned
on the radio. To her surprise, they played an old favourite of her -
Lots of Chocolate For Me To Eat, from the classic My Fair Lady. "I
heard that song again after almost 20 years!" she said. By the time the
next song started, Natasha realized that she was feeling much better.
She then decided to burn a CD of her all-time-favourite 'happy' songs,
as she calls them. Now every time she feels a little down, she just
listens to her happy music, and feels better almost instantly. "It
never fails!" she exclaims. Over the years she has added to her
collection of 'happy music', and feels that her music ranks amongst her
most precious possessions.
The next time you feel depressed, turn on some light,
classical or whatever music makes you feel good. You will feel your
mood lift instantly. The best music to achieve this is generally music
you are familiar with, and with which happy memories are associated.
Many people enjoy old, joyous tunes that bring back memories of their
Old English musicals generally have exceptionally uplifting
music. Think back to movies like The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady,
Singing in the Rain and so on. Listening to soundtracks from movies
such as these is sure to make you feel better instantly. So if you
don't have old, happy music in your collection, make sure you build on
Different people have different ways of coping with depression
or unhappiness. Some light a cigarette, some turn to alcohol or drugs,
while others deal with it more constructively - by exercising,
listening to music and so on. Teach your children that ups and downs
are a natural part of life, and teach them to opt for constructive ways
of dealing with their lows.
Listening to sad, depressing tracks will not make you feel
happier, but it will make you feel better about wallowing in misery.
Anyone who has been through heartache knows that listening to other
people sing about their own heartbreak brings about an instant sense of
empathy. Once again, this will not lift your mood - it will just bring
about a heightened sense of awareness of your own feelings. You are
entitled to feel bad after a breakup, and it is but natural that it
will be some time before you completely recover. So if you want to
indulge yourself by listening to sad, depressing music for a few days,
go ahead and do whatever it takes to make you feel better. Initially,
listening to sad music can make you feel better as you feel as though
someone out there knows exactly how you feel and has been through the
same things as you have. However, do this for an extended period of
time, and you will only hamper your recovery. Give yourself a few days
to grieve, and then make a conscious effort to move on. One of the ways
you could do this is by switching over to happy music.
Not many of us understand or appreciate the true power of
music - and the impact it can have on us. Those who can play a musical
instrument swear that nothing relaxes them as much as strumming out a
tune every now and again. And if you cannot play an instrument, be
thankful that you can listen to one, and make the most of what the
wonderful world of music has to offer.
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