When times get particularly tough, what do you do to help yourself make it through them? Although it can be tempting to turn to destructive habits, the truth is that there are plenty of healthy (and healthful) things you can do to start moving out of a slump and into contentment. There’s no doubt that it can be overwhelming to figure things out, but the good news is that if you would benefit from seeing a therapist in Portland, you can turn to Two Rivers Counseling for help!

But what can you do in the meantime? Our advice is to turn to a time-honored tradition for helping you to get through things; we’re talking, of course, about music. There are plenty of methods out there, but there’s something unique about music that allows you to feel like a musician is speaking directly to you. So how can you use music to make it through a hard time in your life? We’ll be breaking it down in today’s blog post, so keep reading to learn more.

The Healing Power of a Great Song

The experience of hearing a song and connecting with it is a moment of transcendence for many people. Similarly, Bob Dylan once said that “creativity is like a freight train going down the tracks. It’s something that has to be caressed and treated with a great deal of respect…you’ve got to program your brain not to think too much.” In another interview, he noted that “it’s nice to be able to put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind. And block yourself off to where you can control it all.”

Hearing a song can be like that as well. It can pull you out of your circumstances and into another frame of thought. On the other hand, a good song can sometimes validate your feelings, allowing you to know that you’re not alone. One thing is for certain — when it hits you, it offers a certain sense of freedom that can really help you through something that’s difficult.

There’s a Song for Everyone

No matter what genre of music you like, finding a song that speaks to you is a truly wonderful thing. When you are really having a tough time, one of the best things you can do is to revisit a favorite musician who brings you comfort and peace.

But what about when you’re feeling stuck in a bit of a rut? Being in the middle of a stressful situation is the perfect time to seek out some new music. We live in a wonderful time where finding great music has never been easier. There are plenty of great music apps out there that allow you to put in a musician and find other similar music or to search by genre. You can even check out curated playlists based on your mood. How great is that?

What Will You Listen To?

As we mentioned above, the confessional nature of some songwriting allows you to feel that you’re not alone. Take Bill Callahan’s upcoming album Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. It’s all about exploring his life as a new husband and father, or as he puts it, it’s a “real life record.” Or look at David Bazan’s Curse Your Branches, which examines what it’s like to experience a crisis of faith. Bruce Springsteen often wears his heart on his sleeve, and his new music and Netflix special allow for an up-close look at his life. Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse, natives of nearby Issaquah, tackle their issues head on through their albums.

These are just a few examples of music that you can wrap yourself up in, taking comfort in it like it’s a soft blanket on a cool day. We urge you to get out there and explore, to dig deep into music that can help you make it through a difficult stage in your life. It’s incredibly lifegiving.

Searching for a Therapist in Portland?

As powerful as music is, sometimes you just need to speak with another person who can help you to process what’s going on and figure out a way to move forward.

If you’re looking for a counselor, Two Rivers Counseling would love to see you. Schedule an appointment today!