The Heal­ing Playlist - Saru Singhal

Storizen Magazine - - Contents - BY SARU SINGHAL

Mu­sic can heal , re­ally?

Last Thurs­day I was so stressed I thought my veins would ex­plode. I headed straight away to my closet, picked my jacket, head­phones from the bed­side ta­ble, plugged them into my phone, and I went to the bal­cony. I played an old playlist, hummed along, and 20 min­utes later I was recharged. The com­bi­na­tion of mu­sic and walk works every sin­gle time for me. I sub­mit to the tunes and lyrics - shut off the world - and some­how the prob­lems dis­ap­pear.

It's not only about the stress. There are days I have no en­ergy. I get up and as I work from home, I feel con­fined.

There is no gen­tle nudge to push me in the right di­rec­tion.

Even the dead­lines aren't mo­ti­va­tion enough to com­plete the pend­ing as­sign­ment. In those baf­fling mo­ments, I swipe left on my lap­top. I play my fa­vorite tracks in the back­ground and voila, I feel en­er­gized.

Same is the case when I'm sick, an­gry, ner­vous, or sad - mu­sic al­ways comes to my res­cue. So last week­end I googled to check - whether mu­sic is a ther­apy? Does it ac­tu­ally help the sick, de­pressed, and an­gry?

Nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles on the in­ter­net vouched by sci­en­tific re­search say - oh yes, it does!

Mu­sic helps us re­lax, it pumps up our adren­a­line on the tread­mill, it also sup­presses the fish­mar­ket type of noise in an over­crowded restau­rant. We all have wit­nessed that. There is no deny­ing fact to it. But more than mu­sic, the choice of mu­sic is im­por­tant. Can you run on 'Tum to thehre pardesi?' No, right? For that, we need a peppy num­ber that sets the body in mo­tion. A Yo Yo Honey Singh's song would prob­a­bly do that.

The choice is the un­der­ly­ing fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing how ef­fec­tive mu­sic is for us. I love Coke Stu­dio but my hus­band doesn't.

I can walk for hours on Adele's song but for run­ning I pre­fer Bol­ly­wood item num­bers. Ghaz­als make me nos­tal­gic. Sonu Nigam's voice makes me emo­tional. And all of the above brings me joy. For this very rea­son, I spend time in cre­at­ing playlists on my phone, iPad and on Youtube. Sorry, in­vest. I in­vest time in an ac­tiv­ity that works bet­ter than pre­scribed medicines and ther­apy.

Be­cause when I want to use mu­sic as a ther­apy, I need the right songs at my fin­ger­tips. I name my playlists on mood and mu­sic type, but never as an al­bum. To re­lieve stress, I know a se­lec­tion of Coke Stu­dio songs would do won­ders. For long drives, I need a com­bi­na­tion of soul­ful, ro­man­tic, and slow num­bers. For every prob­lem - stress, sad­ness, anx­i­ety, sick­ness, lone­li­ness - we need a dif­fer­ent type of mu­sic, just like we need dif­fer­ent medicines for dif­fer­ent ail­ments. Next time if you are at loss and un­able to put words to your feel­ings - lis­ten to mu­sic. Don't watch a mu­sic video. Just lis­ten. And when you are feel­ing bet­ter, in­vest your time in cre­at­ing your fa­vorite playlists. Choose your fa­vorite songs and sort them ac­cord­ing to your feel­ings and moods. Then turn on any of th­ese playlists as and when you need an es­cape. I'm sure, it would take half of your anx­i­ety away. Our choice of mu­sic tells a lot about our per­son­al­ity too. Our fa­vorite songs are the ones with which we have an emo­tional con­nect - mostly a happy mem­ory is at­tached to it. The big­gest fact - the mu­sic we lis­ten as teenagers and as col­lege stu­dents re­mains our fa­vorite life­long. What­ever be your song of choice - what­ever makes you happy - use that song to help you through tough times.

Saru Singhal is a con­tent writer and blog­ger. With many awards and con­test wins un­der her belt, she is an As­so­ciate Com­pany Sec­re­tary who en­joys writ­ing as much as she loves her 9 to 5 job.

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