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Weekly Wellbeing: Music

Weekly Wellbeing: Music 

 

There is a growing body of research emerging that supports something we’ve known all along - Music is healing Heart 

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Whether it’s seeing live music, creating and performing music or singing in the shower, many of us have experienced the magic of music first hand. You might also be interested to know that music is being found to help alleviate pain, help dementia patients and actually stimulates the parts of the brain that fire up when you’re happy and content. 

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So now we know that music is good for us - it  can help us to reconcile experiences and emotions we carry around with us. It can bring people together to communicate important messages. Today for Weekly Wellbeing we’re going to focus on how music can be uplifting and inspiring! 

 

Activity: 

 

Tell us what song lifts your mood and why? 

 

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music

 

                                              

 

A song that always lifts my mood is This  Charming Man by The Smiths. It always reminds me of being silly and dancing in the kitchen with my Mum. 

 

 

A story that demonstrates the power of music for me, was during the Vietnam War. John Lennon and Yoko did a song called "Give Peace A Chance". The song quickly became an anti-war cry that thousands of people sang together at Washington House in protest. 

 

Now your turn! Can't wait to read back on all your responses Heart 

 

 

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Tell us what song lifts your mood and why? 

 

Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld tends to lift my mood because it's upbeat and the lyrics (and music video) make me feel empowered and strong.

 

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music

 

A memory that I think about often is when I went on holiday with one of my friends and was feeling rather low and worthless because she didn't understand my anxiety, and was thrashing me at a game of mini-golf. Suddenly, one of my favourite songs (Made in the USA by Demi Lovato) started playing on the radio, and - I don't even know how to describe it properly - it was like my soul was soothed, like the song was playing just for me, as a reminder that I mattered. I was able to enjoy the rest of the day and remember that my feelings were/are valid, and my worth is not contingent on winning or losing Smiley Happy  

// Spiral outward, keep going. //

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I love this activity!!!!!

Music is everything to me and can have such an impact from lifting my mood, to helping get stuff done, and even playing a great game of soccer!!!!

 

Tell us what song lifts your mood and why? 

I have so many but I will limit to 3 

 

Walking on sunshine - Katrina & the Waves - When I have to sit in ice baths after training this is the only song that gets me through

 

Juice - Lizzo (also Feeling good as hell, truth hurts and anything she writes haha) - All about self love and that is so important 

 

Dance with somebody - Whitney Houston  - No matter where I am, what I am doing, and who I am with, I have to start singing and dancing 

 

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music

I lost my step mum a few years back and I wrote a song for her, she got to hear it before she passed. Every time I listen to or play it I get to think of her and how happy she was to hear my song!

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@Claire-RO  That's so touching. I'm sure your step mum really appreciated that gesture. Heart

Tell us what song lifts your mood and why? 
Lots of sings lift my mood but I will limit it to a few for now.
- The Cuppycake Song because it reminds me of my sister. She knows all the lyrics by heart.
- Waiting for Love by Avicii because it makes me feel like things can get better and that people can heal over time. I think it also means that people have to know sadness to experience joy. Grateful by Rita Ora and Rainbow by Kesha have similar ideas and I like listening to them too.
- Some of my family members and I have been listening to Soon You'll Get Better by Taylor Swift a lot. I know it's about her mum but we also hope that my sister will get better and she loves Taylor Swift.

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music
- Today, my sister sang to distract herself from the pain of physiotherapy. She was able to sit in a wheelchair with her legs bent (which is hard for her to do) for longer and wheel herself around the hospital for a longer distance.
- I've been to a lot of concerts. The best ones create a sense of what can only be described as 'communitas', with everyone feeling and enjoying the music at the same time. It felt like we were all bonding through the shared experience of being there and we could forget about everything else and just enjoy the music together.

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Tell us what song lifts your mood and why? 

There are many songs which lift my mood and for different reasons.

Some are Perfect by Pink it inspires me to keep pushing through, and that no matter how I feel I am perfect the way I am. Thanks Pink! :grin: (and many other pink songs because her lyrics make me feel heard and understood)

Kesha: Praying, Learn to Let go and Hymn.

Katy Perry: By the Grace of God and Choose your Battles

 

I'll limit it to one video or you'll never reach the end of my post, and I've chosen this one because it always makes me feel a bit happier Smiley Wink

 

 

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music

Songs like the MACARENA and Limbo rock, were well known and at school dances, everyone broke out in dance. I remember one time going to my brother for a church group he did a lot of volunteering with in his 20's (a good 10-15 years ago) and at one gathering the macarena, limbo rock, and other similar songs were played and everyone got involved. There managed to be a konga line for limbo rock and eventually it was replayed a few times with two limbo poles it was good fun.

There were other songs like this that I loved and always bring me back to primary school and that sense that there wasn't much to worry about in life

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Remember you're amazing just as you are Heart
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Tell us what song lifts your mood and why?

-Any Beyonc'e song lifts my mood! I'm totally obsessed and I love to belt out her songs in the car if i'm feeling down.
Also i do this if I'm happy too... all round good for my mood Smiley Happy

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music
-The song from the movie Madagascar "I like to move it move it" is on one of the WII Just Dance games, my best friends and I used to play this game so much if we hung out or had sleepovers.. all those years ago! Brings up so many good memories.

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Tell us what song lifts your mood and why? 

One song that always uplifts me is Church by Samm Henshaw, his voice is so smooth and gets me vibin' 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_8-P4eZ1jA

 

Share a story/memory that demonstrates the power of music

The first thing that came to mind for me in response to this is this moment I always get when I'm at a music festival. I'll be in the crowd, surrounded by both friends and strangers, and the lights are going and its hot and then one of your favourite songs come on and everyone just starts signing along and there's just this really profound moment of just like pure joy and peace. Does anyone else get this or know what I'm talking about?? 

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It's so nice to read back on everyone's responses here Smiley Happy 

 

@recharging_introvert yes! I totally understand the feeling you're describing. I love looking around at festivals/live shows and seeing how happy people are. Dancing, hugging, singing with their friends. It's so beautiful :')happy tears awww GIF by Jay Versace