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.