11. Practical Help: Music for the Soul

It’s time for me to start introducing tools for the body, soul, and spirit that will help manage depression and eventually lead to triumph over depression. The first of these is the one most important

to me – music for the soul. Whenever I feel a twinge of depression coming on for whatever reason or am heading toward a crisis, if I can, I put my MP3 earplugs in and find a quiet space to listen to one of the twenty-some albums I have created from downloading my favorite Christian music from www.amazon.com or from www.youtube.com. Don Moen is one of my favorite singers; he can be found on www.donmoenandfriends.org and you can download his albums or individual songs into your music place on your computer and then to an MP3 device or to an ITunes device. You can also listen to www.pandora.com, which allows you to make up your own on-line radio stations from singer, album, or type of music (like classical). It’s a wonderul site that is totally free.

The greatest time for me to listen to music is the half hour before I go to bed. It quiets my soul and brings me into a state of mind where sleep comes naturally. It’s one of the most important discoveries I’ve made to manage my depression – to keep me out of trouble, so to speak, before it happens. As such, I have been stable now for quite some time and feel more confident that I have the tools to manage my depression and stay in the triumph phase. I’ll talk about other tools in future posts.

I’m not pushing Christian music. It’s what I use. Other choices are classical music, guided imagery tapes, Gregorian chant, sounds of nature, or any other music that quiets the mind and emotions, not rev them up. In other words, choose quiet music or guided imagery that puts you in a relaxed state.

If any of you have further suggestions of music or guided imagery or anything else quiet, please let me know by comment and I will make a post out of it if I feel it could be beneficial for others.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 11. Practical Help: Music for the Soul

  1. Roxane says:

    i am a Test Comment!

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