Time for a Mental Health Monday…on a Tuesday.
As finals end, many students are breathing a sigh of relief, satisfaction, and accomplishment. But stress, whether academic or otherwise, is never far away. Whether a good stress or eustress, like moving to your first apartment or a distress like losing hours at work, the pressure of the unexpected can make coping with life hard. Finding healthy ways to react to stress will help you in times of crisis–whatever the stressor.
Listening to music can help you mentally and physically deal with stress. Researchers publishing in the Public Library of Science in 2013 showed that listening to music helped the nervous system physically recover quicker from stress reactions (Thoma, et al, 2013). Harvard published an article online providing an overview of the different kinds of physical effects music creates in the aftermath of various physical stresses, like surgery (2011).
This doesn’t even get to how music can affect your mood. We’ve all experienced mood boosts from the right music. Writing for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Molly Warren states “Because of its rhythmic and repetitive aspects, music engages the neocortex of our brain, which calms us and reduces impulsivity…To alter mood states, a music therapist can play music to match the current mood of the person and then slowly shift to a more positive or calm state” (2016). So music can help reflect what you currently feel and move your mood to an entirely new place.
I’ve asked the Tyler Library staff for music suggestions for hard times and here’s the mix list we created. Enjoy at your leisure!
- Queen- Don’t Stop Me Now
- David Bowie- Changes, Magic Dance
- Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)- Wild World
- Elton John- Still Standing
- The Strokes- Someday
- Marc Anthony- Vivir Mi Vida, Preciosa
- Gente De Zona- La Gozadera
- Alvaro Soler ft. Jennifer Lopez [B-Case Remix]- El Mismo Sol, but the original is great too!
- Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens – Skyrim theme
- Bach – Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor
- Bach – Goldberg Variations
- Coldplay – Fix You
- The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
- Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
- Classified feat. David Myles – Inner Ninja
- Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
- Owl City – Beautiful Times
- Punch Brothers – Forgotten
“Music and health.” Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Medical School, July 2011, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/music-and-health.
Thoma, Myriam V., et al. “The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response.” PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 8, 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3734071/. Accessed 4 August 2020.
Warren, Molly. “The Impact of Music Therapy on Mental Health.” The National Alliance on Mental Health, 19 December 2016, https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2016/The-Impact-of-Music-Therapy-on-Mental-Health#:~:text=Research%20shows%20the%20benefits%20of,for%20anxiety%20or%20for%20dysregulation.