Take Action for Self-Care Challenge #2:  Listen to music. 

(This message is repeated in Spanish below.)

Whether we use music to momentarily escape from daily life or as a tool to help us manage anxiety or stress, we can turn up the volume and let the music inspire, calm or energize us. Practice some music therapy today by listening to this original song from 12th grade student Malia J. Mislan submitted to the 2021 Hope and Justice contest, titled “At a Time”. https://vimeo.com/555814894.   

Even without the pandemic, the holidays can be a stressful time. With the increase in COVID-19 cases and variants, this can add to the worries, anxiety and stress we feel. During stressful times, we can turn to music to care of ourselves.  

Music is often the soundtrack to our lives – woven through life’s ups, downs and most memorable moments. A report from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) found that music can have a positive effect on our emotional well-being, improving mood, decreasing anxiety and helping with management of stress.  

It is no surprise then that many of us turn to music to cope through difficult times. This year as many students returned to school for in-person instruction, they found themselves facing new obstacles and stressors. To give students an outlet for these emotions, the Directing Change Program asked youth to create art that expressed their feelings about their return to school and how they were coping through the good, the bad, and the unexpected. A 12th grade student created a digital art piece about the power of music, saying “…music can take you to different worlds, somewhat becoming an escape from the stresses of reality. In my art piece I made a choice to make her hair red to represent the warm and comfortable feelings music makes one feel. The plants represent the music itself, taking over the thorns which represents negative thoughts or feelings. Music for many people including myself, is very therapeutic and is used as a form of self-care.”  

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