Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Time to Face the Music

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Did You Know...
....that music can help support healthy feelings and thoughts, and also improve concentration and attention span? - American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

Today is not a good day. Yesterday was a kinda crummy day as well. The weather won't give. I live in the Sunshine State but with nothing to show for it. Usually, when it rains in Florida it comes and goes pretty quickly. Maybe a 20-25 minute sprinkle with accompanying thunder but then it moves on. I heard that not even too long ago you could time your day down to the minute when there would be a 15 minute sprinkle and that was it for the day. Now we are having full on thunder, lightning, and rain storms for hours on end. And it gets scary I tell ya! Enough to make me curl up in a ball and start praying loudly to God that my large tree out front doesn't crash down on our little ol house. So to say that the weather is getting worse during our rainy season is an understatement.

Can anybody say global warming? Haha!

So I am stuck at home indoors with the kids when I would much rather be outside playing at the park and flying my sons new kites. I'm such a whiny baby today....sorry.

I was reading over my post from yesterday about acidophilus and our innards and I was genuinely surprised and kinda proud of myself for talking about such an adult subject. My husband always says that I can be about as immature as they come sometimes, and the fact that I laugh at nearly any bathroom type humor is a testament to that fact. I have to try and stay young at heart somehow! But brava to me for tackling a delicate topic on here, and now I'm patting myself on the back like I did in 6th grade for passing Science.

Since I will be inside all day I am definitely going to need some tunes. I need as much musical support to give me healthy feelings and thoughts. I don't know about you, but I go stir crazy when I am stuck indoors. Up North when the weather was bad and we were indoors for a bit, it was usually due to snow - but that you can go out and play in to your hearts content. Could you see me in my rain coat today spinning around and jumping in puddles in the middle of this lightning storm? Not so much.

On days where I feel that I might easily get down emotionally (rainy days and Mondays always get meeeee dooooown), then those are the days that music therapy really helps. According to the American Music Therapy Association, which I love that they actually exist, they have documented outcomes from their music therapy research that prove that music can:
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Decrease anxiety/agitation (perfect for when the kids are going for that glass shattering volume)
  • Improve group cohesiveness (Score! That is exactly what I need today)
  • Increase motivation
  • Successful and safe emotional release (feel like crying? go for it. here's why.)

So all bullets point to me playing Pandora all day and a nice mixture of slow and steady Indie and faster paced Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop (only the clean versions mom I promise!)

Play some muzack! It'll make you feel.....great! (If that's what you're going for.)

My best,
*While proofreading I realized that this post sounds like it could have been paid advertisement for the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. buuuut it wasn't. I just like what they're about so I wrote this up.


Kim said...

I am the only one in my family that doesn't like to have music on. My husband and 4 kids all love to play music, but I think there's so much noise around me (not to mention in my own head!) that I crave silence.

Lynn said...

Kim that's hysterical. I grew up in a house that was always on sensory overload. TV's on, radios blaring, kids shouting, etc.... So i hear you on craving silence. But some days I just gotta smile and dance!

My best, Lynn

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