Macy is 17 years old and has decided to become involved with Student Life because it is an opportunity that will enable her to express her passion and interest within mental health through her own personal experiences.
The link between music and mental health shows positive and negative correlations for individuals. Some people resort to music to either uplift their mood or even possibly indulge in their feelings, whether they are happy or sad. Many people have a favourite artist or band that they listen to because it makes them feel better when they are in need of a mood boost. However, on the other hand, people can select songs that they relate to, which could possibly lead them to feeling worse.
Music can be used in a positive way in relation to mental health. Certain genres or specific songs can enable an individual to feel more positive– this could include your favourite artist or a specifically designed playlist which has songs of a positive nature. These playlists could be compiled by an individual themselves or searched for on places like YouTube or Spotify.
Research has shown that listening to music releases Dopamine (a feel good chemical in your brain). Furthermore, the Dopamine increased a further 9% when a person listens to music that they enjoy.
Music can enable people to feel like they relate or are understood by the musician and the music they have produced. Individuals have specific songs of meaning to them which can also improve wellbeing when you have a personal love or connection for song or artist. Music can also be considered a distraction for some people; listening to the music makes them forget anything that’s bothering them and just lets them feel in the moment!
On the flip side, there can be some negative associations with music when you’re struggling with your wellbeing. If someone chooses the ‘incorrect’ songs to listen to they can find themselves feeling worse! For instance, if an individual decided to listen to a song that reminded them of their ex-partner, then they would have that association of not being with that person anymore and feeling sad. Again, an individual can relate to a song but in a less positive way, meaning that it causes that individual to feel worse.
Personally, I have set playlists for specific moods I may be in or specific songs/artists I like to listen too. Spotify is a great app to use when you want personalised or even pre made playlists. They supply a vast range of playlists for everyone to choose from. You can even follow your favourite artists or playlists so that you have them in your library and can listen to them at a later date. I like to have a good mood playlists with all my favourite songs on, which uplift my mood. I also follow my favourite artists and their playlists; for example, Aston Merrygold and Arctic Monkeys. Alongside my happy and uplifting playlists, I also have a chill and calmer playlist which I listen to in my down time –
Mr Brightside – Killers
Perfect – Anne Marie
Everybody in Love – JLS
Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude
God is a Woman – Ariana Grande
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Dancing Shoes – Arctic Monkeys
I’m Feeling You – Raksu
Poison Ivy – Aston Merrygold
Arabella – Arctic Monkeys
Run The World – Beyoncé
New Americana – Halsey
7 Days – Craig David
Kiwi – Harry Styles
Pon De Replay – Rihanna
Girls – The 1975
American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye West
Love on Top – Beyoncé
Star Girl – Mcfly
T-shirt Weather – Circa Waves