Working On Us, Week 9

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On her blog, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information, click here. This week, I am responding to Prompt #1.

Prompt #1 Questions:

Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment?  If so, what kind of music was introduced to you? I haven’t received musical therapy as part of a treatment plan, yet in my younger years, I used music to treat myself — both by listening and playing. Playing the drums, especially helped me get out my frustrations.

Do you listen to music ( if/when) you meditate?  If so, what kind of music do you listen to? Admittedly, I haven’t meditated in maybe a year? I’d like to get back to it. When I did meditate, I only listened to music if it was a part of the guided meditation, like background music.

If you have never tried music therapy as a treatment, what types of music calm and/or mellow you? Classical, except for the really dramatic overtures and symphonies.

Do you believe music helps everyone and there is really no use for therapy in this regard? Although I haven’t really listened to music in years (except in the car), I believe that music therapy is beneficial, the same as art therapy. Both let people connect with and use the creativity they might never have known they had.

16 thoughts on “Working On Us, Week 9

  1. Hello, Barb! Are you actually back? I’m so happy you were able to join us on “Working on Us” – Another musician in the house! Playing drums to work out frustration, I can see that being very therapeutic.
    I listen to meditation music just about every day, especially when I’m reading and or/writing. Helps me focus, and remain calm.
    Like you, I don’t necessarily listen to a guided meditation, just the music itself.
    You bring up a very good point, art therapy is very beneficial. I should really take that back up again. I use to love doing it, and listening to soft rock, or something I could sing along to while I was involved in a project.
    Thank you, so very much for your insight!! It is so appreciated to have you be a part of “Working on Us” God Bless You!!! 💚🎶🥁

    1. I’m not back, but I didn’t want to miss my Current Mental Health post and Working On Us!! 😊 I think art therapy is wonderful. If you can, you should get back to it!

    1. I am on hiatus, for only a short time, I hope: 1-2 weeks maybe? Thanks so much for the nomination. Unfortunately, I made the decision a while back and no longer post blog awards. I hope you understand. I love art therapy!

      1. Hey Barb, l glad you are well and also great to hear from you too 🙂 You know, we all survive eh?

        Do you enjoy crocheting? Is it a new hobby or a long standing past time?

        1. I do enjoy crocheting. It’s been a hobby for 2-3 years. I make a lot of mistakes, which is why I have few finished projects, but to me, the act of crocheting is soothing.

          1. That’s excellent Barb, we all need something which we can relax to and into – l am pleased that you ahve something which allows for both relaxation and reflection 🙂

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