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Excuses we use to avoid getting help

Is this you?

Most of us know mental health is vital and that actively working on our mental health is needed. Yet...this goes on the back burner.

If this sounds familiar, we bet you've even given yourself or others one of these excuses:

"I don’t have time"

"My problems aren’t that bad"

"I need to focus on the needs of others first"

"Emotions don’t need to be processed"

These are just excuses, not facts. And we know that.

So let's break through these common excuses and use MUSIC!

“I don’t have time”

Listening to a song to help you shift your mood can take less than 5 minutes! 

"My problems aren’t that bad"

If something is bugging you, it is worth trying to resolve. Music and meditation exercises can help you calm your mind in order to identify what is troubling you, and begin to think creatively about how to resolve the challenge.

"I need to focus on the needs of others first"

There are lots of reasons you may want to focus on others, but some of them are incredibly unhelpful - for other people and for you. If you find you are being a fixer because you feel you are responsible for another’s happiness, or that you are problem-solving to address your need for control, it's time to consider your motivations for helping. Lyric analysis and songwriting are excellent tools for processing these situations.

"Emotions don’t need to be processed"

Emotions help us recognize our needs, and communicate those needs. Regardless of whether or not you pay attention to them, your emotions will influence how you think and make decisions. Identify your emotions and allow yourself to feel them through playing along to music. If you’ve got an instrument to use-great! If not, grab a couple pencils and tap along.

It’s easy to dismiss your mental health. But the impacts of ignoring things like depression, anxiety or addiction can be broad and lifelong. If you’d like help getting started on a journey to healing, music therapy can be a wonderful tool. 


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