Hello, we’re back! Hope everyone had a good holiday.
This Sunday at SACS I want to recognize the amazing healing powers of music, share a few of my favorite songs, and post some free resources.
For many survivors, music is a way of coping — an escape from reality, a way to calm down, or a way to express anger at the situation you’re in. The internet opens up thousands of ways to listen to music for free with just your laptop. Making music as well as listening can be a wonderful release of emotions.
Listening to certain kinds of music has been proven to help reduce stress. This is because it does things like lower your blood pressure and give you something to focus on besides your thoughts. Music can encourage your imagination, help you meditate, help regulate your breathing, and allow you an escape. Plus, it’s simply enjoyable to listen to music that you like. Learn more about the relaxing power of music here.
One of my favorite online resources for finding music is 8tracks.com. What’s great about 8tracks is that you don’t need an account to listen, and you can easily find playlists for just about anything. Case in point: here is a mix for after panic attacks, here is a mix of classical music to sleep to, and here is a mix of revolution songs.
YouTube is also a great place to find relaxing playlists, as long as you can handle the advertisements every so often. Here is one video with two hours of relaxing music. For a 15-second ad, it’s a pretty good deal.
Sometimes, finding songs specifically about sexual assault and rape can be comforting in that it helps you know you are not alone. Sometimes it can be triggering, too. If you decide to look for songs like that, please be careful. Here is a list on Pandys.org of songs that survivors have all submitted as being helpful to them. Notice that along with each song name and artist, it also states how likely the song is to trigger someone (yes, no, maybe).
Finally, I’m posting links to YouTube videos of some of my favorite songs for survivors. (Laugh all you want at my music taste.)
Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift (from The Hunger Games soundtrack)
Lullabye for a Stormy Night by Vienna Teng
Let It Go by Idina Menzel (from the Frozen soundtrack)
Simple by k.d. lang
10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Breakable by Ingrid Michaelson
The Girl With The Weight Of the World in Her Hands by the Indigo Girls