Listening to music
A lot of young people we spoke to said listening to music helped them manage their feelings in several different ways:
- Listening to music you know you enjoy to help improve your mood
- Listening to music really loudly to release built up tension/anger
- Listening to music similar to the emotion you’re feeling to release pent up emotions
- Listening to music that is the opposite to what your feeling e.g Calming music when you are feeling anxious to help soothe yourself
I love movie soundtracks
Have you tried listening to the Spotify mood playlists? They’ve got one for all different emotions as well as ‘focus’ and ‘chill’ for if you are working and relaxing.
Some of the Centre's staff have put together a playlist of music that lifts their spirits which you can listen to by clicking here or on the picture below. We apologise in advance for our poor taste. Have a better playlist? Send us the link and description of why you like and we may add it to the page instead.
There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.
If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.