Health: Why music means so much to me

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Now you might look at the title of this post and think, what an earth has music got to do with health? Well, as someone who lives with bipolar disorder and anxiety, music helps me manage my condition on so many levels. I'm working with the lovely folk at Bodyform to talk about my musical experiences and what music means to me.




Mood Music

Regardless of your mental health status I'm sure you'll agree there is nothing quite like listening to a piece of music to manage your mood or enhance your mood. Feeling sad? You might want to wallow in it for a bit by playing some of your favourite sad songs, or you might want to lift your mood by putting Steps on... No? Just me? Okay anyway, swiftly moving on. 

Although cheesy pop might not be your jam, there is no denying that music sees us through the good times and the bad. It creates memories, evokes feelings and cements those key points in your life. 

My Saviour, My Solice

Imagine if you will; it's 1994, there's a lot of baggy jean wearing, strappy tops and heather coloured lipstick. There's a pretty, chubby 14 year old who is going through some unimaginable shit, and her only escape is lying on her bed, staring at her Take That posters while listening to the harmonics musings of Gary, Robbie, Mark, Jason and Howard. Admittedly not the coolest of admissions, but you know what? Those boys where there (and still are) for me at some of the lowest and loneliest points of my life. Music does that, it comforts you, it's always there for you when need it the most. 

In My Head


My absolute travel essentials

Did I mention I'm and anxious person? Haha!! Well when it comes to travelling and/or concentration, I find headphones with my favourite Spotify playlist are complete lifesavers. It helps me stay in my head, concentrate on the task in hand and soothes my anxious feelings. Such has been my need that not only while at uni did I have to borrow some headphones from the student support officer but I have been at the train station, just about to travel and have had to send my partner to the shop to buy me replacement headphones when I've forgotten mine. You see they're not just headphones are they? They're protection, comfort, distraction and more. Listening to my favourite album can be the difference between me having or not having a panic attack. 

So whatever your experience with music, whether it's therapy, community or pure enjoyment based, I don't think there are many people who don't have some kind of affinity with music. It's something that plays a huge part in most people's lives. Which brings me neatly round to part of the reason why I wrote this post. As mentioned above, I've been working with Bodyform and their big pink ticket giveaway which runs from now until July. 


They are running such an amazing giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 10 once-in-a-lifetime VIP music festival experience for you and a friend all you have to do is purchase one of their Pink Ticket promotional packs. Visit www.BodyformVIP.co.uk and enter your unique code found inside the on-pack sticker and the lucky prize winners will instantly be revealed. 

Each prize is specially curated for the winner making it a truly unique music experience!
And it doesn't end there! For those who don’t win an exciting European music festival experience, there are still £500,000 worth of music e-gift cards up for grabs.
















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