Do we ever feel weighed down by the sheer load of a seemingly mundane existence? A burdensome urge to quit a dead-end job; to run away from everything that has meant life all along; or worse, to give up hope. In the meantime, restlessness, exhaustion or indifference take over every bit of motivation to work towards a life we always dreamt of. And this sneaky feeling slowly turns into a monster refusing to sleep.
Add to this agony the unwritten rules our world is governed by–rules chosen and honoured by us. We eat to survive, work to earn, exercise to stay fit and read to learn. A mere thought of even the slightest deviation from these and there is panic.
So what do we do instead? We stay put. And because we stay put, the ‘routine’ ultimately consumes us. The invariable fallout of this is stress until it becomes the bane of our existence. So is there a way out?
Allow us to reintroduce a refuge. It’s no secret and it’s available in abundance.
It is the ultimate salvation for our fraught brains. It inspires, makes us cry, lulls us to sleep, makes us want to break into a dance, and evokes emotions we didn’t know existed. Without a doubt, it wields a power over us and we wholeheartedly give in.
It’s therapeutic. Music therapy uses music as a tool to help cognitive, physical, social, and emotional health. According to the American Music Therapy Association website, music therapy intervention can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation.