Medicine for the soul

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”
-Plato

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” -Plato

Jadalys Pichardo, Staff Writer

Music is the key to our souls. As weird as that statement may sound, its true. Music is proven to effectively rise the serotonin levels in your body. This is why music is used to help control anxiety and many other mental states.

When I feel stressed, or when I’m full of anxiety, or just really depressed, I put in my earbuds, and I play my favorite Pandora playlist. It really helps me. I can fall away from all my external and internal problems and focus on my music. Relax and close my eyes, sway with the beat, sing to the harmony. Although it’s not healthy for one to bury their emotions, it is in fact okay to forget about them just for a little bit. Focus on you.

However, you should focus on how you feel and express your emotions as well. When you feel sad, play a sad song you like and let your emotions out, whether its in a closed room by yourself or under the blankets. When you feel angry, play a loud, noisy song to just yell and let it all out. When you feel happy, play happy music. When you feel depressed, shy, motivated, confused, or if you just want to jam out, play what makes you happy. It’s okay to let your emotions out and expressing your feeling through music is a great way to do that.

If you don’t know what songs you prefer to listen to during certain times, try to listen to random songs. Create different playlists for different emotions or occasions. As you’re listening to the songs, find some that you like and put them in a playlist as you go along. Just a suggestion.

Just for fun, here are some of my preferences:

Sad- “Dividimos” by Nio Garcia and Flow la Movie

Happy- “Pegate” by Ricky Martin

Jamming out- “Sobrio” by Maluma

While interviewing my mother, Valerie Vazquez, a song she likes to listen to while feeling happy, upbeat, or outgoing is “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.