Ah, music, probably the world’s most beautiful gift to humanity that makes us feel so good and which triggers so many emotions. It enhances creativity too as it has the ability to positively influence the brain’s activity. And if you happen to have a piece of high-tech equipment at hand, you can actually see what your brain works on while listening to music. Yes, music is a source of contentment, but you know that it has many other benefits?
Music has implications for mental health and is used to remove negative emotions that often plague us, such as stress, depression, and anxiety. This form of implication is known as “music therapy,” in which patients get themselves exposed to music in order to get rid of the negative emotions that spin around their aura.
With the pandemic upon our heads, it is no wonder that the cases of people suffering from mental disorders have increased. Because these illnesses come with a social stigma, people who are affected by such conditions decide to suffer in silence. If you are such a patient, we strongly suggest seeking help by contacting a specialist. But in the event this won’t happen anytime soon, continue reading.
Admitting that you have such a problem can be a difficult thing, so let’s take things slowly. For starters, try music therapy. Research shows that such kind of sessions have a positive impact on elderly participants in particular. The success rate of music therapy is high, but if you experience problems during therapy, do not let yourself be discouraged. It takes time to see the results. However, you can try something else to shorten the duration of the “treatment.” What would you say if you try to combine music with coloring? How does this sound like? It’s not us to suggest this, but international creative music agency MassiveMusic.
To mark Mental Health Awareness week and part of its #DontStopTheMusic campaign, the agency launched a coloring book to help people transform their negative thoughts into something good. According to the creatives at the company, “coloring has been proven to do wonders for the mind. Just like music.” Although it invites people to exercise their visual talent, the publication doesn’t give up on music: It features music icons such as Frank Zappa, Lady Gaga, Prince, and Freddie Mercury among others, including fun facts and anecdotes about each of them.
The book is free to download. But the agency also thought of those who do not have pencils at their disposal. MassiveMusic suggests you the Autodesk SketchBook, which you can access from your Apple device. Still, there are other ways you can use if you want to do the coloring on a gadget. For instance, we tried it in Paint (a perfect example of “If it looks stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid”) and this is what we got (please, see below). Sure, it isn’t perfect, but it’s something!
“Let’s get creative and remember — coloring outside the lines is perfectly fine,” concludes the agency. So, play some music and let your imagination roam free on the book’s pages. Oh, and please, do share your results with us!