There are numerous studies that music can help our emotions, mood and if you’ve ever had a toddler, they learn everything through music from their ABC’s to singing their states and capitals. I know for me I turn to music on days that I feel my anxiety increasing. These are the days that I feel my world is spinning out of control. Even though, in reality, I know I don’t have any control.
I began to look more into this theory I had about music having healing powers. Music has been around for centuries and studies show that music therapy helps with reducing anxiety and stress, alleviate symptoms of depression, can boost your mood, lower your blood pressure, reduce your heart rate, and increase natural emotions. In some rehab facilities they even use music therapy to help with addiction.
I know that the more music is incorporated into my life the better I feel. When I left my husband at the federal court house to come home alone I blasted Metallica the whole drive home. It made me feel strong, like I could take on the world and face it alone. When I get anxious I have a playlist of praise and worship music I use to calm my nerves. When I was packing my house and needed to drown out my sadness, I listened to the Dave Matthews Band. When I’m angry and want to punch something, Bush is my go to help calm down.
This past week my anxiety has skyrocketed. I’m aware where it stems from and it always rises when I’m trying to control something I can’t. In Alanon we learn we have no control. We follow the 12 Steps just as they do in the AA program. It’s the first thing we learn in the first of the 12 steps:
We admitted we are powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
This is the hardest step to conquer and the step that we have to come back to over and over again. We as humans find it so hard to figure out that we are powerless (no control) and our lives are unmanageable. We sometimes forget, we want to be in control, or know but still can’t ask our Higher Power for help.
So this week I did just that! When the anxiety got to be too much to bear. When the outside world kept telling me something other than what I knew in my heart. When I turned my focus away from my Higher Power and tried to take control in my own hands…the Beats came out, the music went on loud, and the mood began to change. If you ever need a good song to help you get through a rough patch, turn on Natalie Grant’s King of the World.
I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind
I try to keep you safely in between the lines
I try to put in the box that I've designed
I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye
When did I forget that you've always been the King of the World?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the King of the World.
How could I make you so small when you're the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you've always been the King of the World.