Music for many people inspires a mood, a memory and can capture a
moment. I have playlists for sleep, for exercise, for studying, for background
music, for relaxation and for singing to. In helping people to intentionally
shift their mood one task I sometimes ask them to make is a playlist for the
mood they are trying to create. When our mood is low, we tend to listen to
music that reflect this. Which is not a bad, thing, it helps us to connect with
these feelings, to ponder and listening to lyrics that reflect our own emotions
helps to feel less alone.

When we feel ready to try and shift into a new mood it can be helpful to
deliberately create this new mood through songs and music. So deliberately
creating a playlist by selecting music or songs that are inspiring, uplifting and
optimistic, that have a good beat, that get us singing out loud, can be a
good simple step towards bringing more of that feeling into your life.
The science tells us that just thinking about positive memories that favourite
or much loved music can bring to us, can bring more of those happy
chemicals into the brain (neurotransmitters such as serotonin and
dopamine), and we know music, especially if it attached to happier
memories is likely to lead to more good feelings.

So if you have felt you mood being lower or more anxious than you’d like,
check you playlists and get making a new one that reflects the feelings you’d
like to have more of!

Kate x

Published by Kate French

Clinical Psychologist; expertise in autism and child and family psychology.

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