Music has been around for centuries and it is a big part of so many people’s lives. It’s a way of connecting with others, no matter what genre you listen to. It’s a way of expressing yourself, either through what you listen to or the music you create.
Music and Mental Health
Music can help many people with their wellbeing as it releases dopamine which is the feel good hormone in your brain.
How can music help with mental health?
- Decreases stress, depression and anxiety
- Improve sleeping patterns
- Become more happy
- Improves learning and memory skills
- Allows you to relax
Music and Me
From a very young age, I always loved music. My taste in music has changed over the years and now it’s at that stage where I like a mixture of different artists. I started out listening to music from artists such as Pharrel Williams and George Ezra. Now I have found myself listening to more 70s, 80s and 90s music and I feel like this type of music is more suited to me. However, that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying music from the era we live in now.
Music has impacted me in so many ways as I have experienced so many different opportunities that I know that I wouldn’t have had without it. I have experienced concerts and even performed myself. As well as this, I always have to listen to music whenever I am walking alone and I have a routine where I have to listen to music before I go to bed.
When I was in year 6, I played the guitar, piano, and ukulele and performed in front of an audience. One of my favourite memories of playing an instrument was when I performed on stage at the Royal College of Music and Drama and at Cardiff City Hall. I played alongside my classmates, playing the ukulele which boosted my confidence. However, once I started high school, I stopped playing as at that time it wasn’t for me. Now, looking back on it, I wished that I persevered. However, as I am having a gap year next year, I hope to pick up an instrument once again.
Why not try it yourself?
Music is within all of us, and all you have to do is find it! Whether you like to sing in the shower or if you have that guitar in the attic that you have always wanted to play. Just give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen!?