Is Music Actually Dangerous To Your Mental Health?
May 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm
Like most, I’ve always thought that listening to music was nothing more than a harmless hobby. It wasn’t until I suffered the repercussions of loving music a little too much that I realized the truth about its effect on the mind. The often overlooked aspect of most music is that it stands as an external source of ideas, views and principles. For this reason, for the listener, it has the ability to shift the way you think and what you think about. It can also influence your behaviors and how you interact with and experience the world around you.
When I emerge myself in the melody, lyrics and overall essence of a song I really like, it takes me to another place. It no longer becomes solely about the song or the artist but more so about my emotions. It’s about how the song makes me feel, what I think about when I’m listening to it, and its relation to me. I find that it takes little to no time at all for me to get lost in the essence of a song that I love, and a lot of times that song turns into a distraction. Most of us will plug in when we have the intention of focusing on something. I like to listen to music when I write or when I’m working out. I think a lot of us turn on the stereo when we get to cleaning the house or when we’re cooking. We use music as an outlet to get us stirred up in our own thoughts, to distract us from the not so amusing tasks we’re doing or at least to help us keep at it without growing bored.
Besides that, think about your choice in music during these scenarios. When working out, you wouldn’t listen to a sappy love song. You might turn on something with an upbeat tempo, something that will get you excited about getting into shape. In contrast, when you’re not feeling the best, on the days when you’re in a more or less unhappy mood you’d most likely listen to a song that can better aid you in delving deeper into those feelings. With that being said, it’s apparent that in many scenarios music serves as a means of escape. It gives us the chance to get away with thinking too much and overall gets us caught up in our feelings. Which begs the question, in what case is being overly emotional ever a good thing?
Music is an undeniably beautiful and a truly captivating form of art and in many ways it can be a satisfying thing to indulge in. However, when used to fill an emotional void, it can very easily become a crutch that enables us to revel too deeply in our thoughts. It is imperative to be selective about what you subject your mind to, and it is even more crucial that you decide when and how often you plug in. Believe it or not, your mental well-being is on the line every time you do. So be choosy about what you listen to and recognize that while music is inspiring and comforting, it can also be dangerous.