Depression Getaway

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Eat, Pray, Love and… Sing!

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Self-expression

eatprayloveHave you read the book or seen the movie? It has some good stuff in it.

Here is my favorite quote from the book: “There’s a crack in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”

As we continue in our series on self-expression, I was reminded of this poignant story of a woman on the search for happiness. She was truly looking for new ways to express herself! That is what we are doing too.

So far, from our list of ten ways to express ourselves, we have talked about three: worship (prayer), art (coloring), and dance.

Today let's talk about music as self-expression, since it goes along with dance doesn't it?

If you have been praying, coloring and dancing then you have already experienced some of the benefits of self-expression.

Let's add music to the list. First we will start with the most simple aspect of music that you won't need any equipment for and won't have to spend any money on – SINGING!

I have written about Singing For Depression before on this blog.

Here is a quote from my favourite devotional called “Streams in the Desert”: “We can sing our cares away easier than we can reason them away. Sing in the morning. The birds are the earliest to sing, and birds are more without care than anything else I know. Sing in the evening. Singing is the last thing robins do. Oh that we might sing morning and evening and let song touch song all the way through.”

So if you are taking the Self-Expression Challenge, add singing today! It doesn't have to be fancy or good, just sing! See what it does for you?

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you tried any of these things? Praying? Coloring? Dancing? Has it made any difference?

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

 

Music Therapy for Depression: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Music Therapy for Depression

Bhymn

We have been chatting about the therapeutic effects of music for depression.

Yesterday I was telling you what kind of music I used for a depression getaway where I could lose myself. Today I am going to tell you about the kind of music where I can find myself.

That is what this hymnbook is about. Because I am a christian, singing hymns reminds me what I believe. It is easy to forget what you believe in when you are depressed. I have to sing a lot of hymns sometimes to remember. But if I am in a really dark place, singing a hymn or two or three, all by myself, can remind me of what I believe. It can give me a rock to stand on. It strengthens me and ministers to me and reminds me of what is true, to me. Truth is hard to come by with depression. So much of what we think when we are depressed are lies. To me, the words in hymns are truth. The truth helps me.

There is so much more we could say about music. The important question for you is this: do you include music, listening to it, singing, playing music, part of your depression getaway plan? Is this just the reminder you needed?

There are so many wonderful depression getaways. We need reminders, I know I do, to find them and use them. I hope this has been a helpful reminder for you. What about you? Is there some favourite music you haven’t listened to for awhile? What are you waiting for?

I am so glad you dropped by today! Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Music Therapy for Depression: Part Two

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Music Therapy for Depression

Phantom

We are chatting about the therapeutic benefits of music. I do intend to prove it to you, just to remind you that it is so.

As promised, I am sharing with you some of my own favourite listening music. Music is such a personal thing and I do not expect you to like the same kind of music as I do.

I enjoy classical music, not all of it. But some of it. I listen to a classical music station when I drive.

I love “The Phantom of the Opera”. It can just about cover all of my moods: joy, sorrow, fear, anger, love, hate, etc. I can lose myself in this kind of music. It transports me. That is a true depression getaway, to be transported!

I love broadway musicals: Camelot, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, Funny Girl, A Chorus Line…. Listening to these is another great depression getaway for me.

Music can transport us if we let it. Now it is only truly therapeutic for us if we like it and so, you must get in touch with the kind of music that you really like! Start a list.

If I am really sick with depression, lying in bed with the door closed, one of the best ways to let music minister to me is with a discman. Just me and the music coming straight into my ears. I imagine that the music is medicine for my sick head! Like any medicine though, it only works if you take it.

This is the kind of music where I can lose myself (and my depression for awhile). Then there is the kind of music where I can find myself, the self I often lose when I am depressed. Can you even guess what that might be? I will tell you tomorrow!

I am so glad you dropped by today! Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

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