Theme of the Week –
Song of the Week –
Song Therapeutics Analysis-
Whether dealing with unstable relationships or your own individual anxieties, this classic song by Kenny Loggins is a definite go-to for empowerment! It can help make you more resilient, determined and purposeful going forward whatever challenges life may be throwing your way. After I hear this song, on a personal level, I just feel better, more positive, and I’m ready, almost enthusiastic, to face what worries are put in front of me.
This song embodies the will to survive, to always believe in your abilities to fight and never give up, no matter what the struggle may involve. That instinct is an integral part of our heart and soul yet sometimes it becomes weakened or lost with the demands of our very hectic and complicated lives. Sometimes self doubts will plague us and cause us apprehension. Anxieties we face, depression that often results, can make this essential process somewhat tricky. We become overwhelmed, unsure, and our inner strength is questioned. But when that occurs, we have to convince ourselves, it comes down to those 3 basic words we need to say, this is it! so simple, right? This is our opportunity, our moment, our chance to turn it around, to try to make it what we want it to be. There should be no hesitancy or turning back, once we feel willing and ready to do it, now or never. Are we up to the challenge? Yes, we all possess that ability within us, we just have to be aware & choose it, believe in ourselves, and try. This is our personal miracle we hold right within our hands.
As professional therapists, we all attempt to encourage and help instill this mantra within our clients coming to us with their anxieties and depression. Our clients vent, share their innermost thoughts and feelings, and we respond by providing support, information and honest therapeutic feedback for their benefit. But, it is important to remember that the true work, the process, the change, has to realistically come from within our clients themselves. In other words, they make it actually happen, we don’t, no matter how much we influence their frame of mind. So, the power lies with you always, as you face your fears, don’t run away or hide, decide to go there. The time is now, be bold. Avoiding the process or blocking it out never helps in the long run. It just prolongs your emotional struggle. The best advice for dealing with anxieties and subsequent depression is to do the necessary work to find out what is going on and develop a plan of action that is doable for you. Therapists will help you do that but, it is ultimately up to you to make the actions realistically happen. Cultivating the right mindset can certainly be the start to making it happen!
Takeaway Thought for the Week Ahead -
Takeaway positive thoughts empower you, give you strength, make you believe. Here is yours for the week. Say it, several times a day, every day, memorize it, write it down or put it in your phone. During the week, think about it, rely on it as you make it your own.
You alone have the power and ability to change your life. You will be the one to make it happen so be ready and willing to go there when you have to. Look inward, believe in yourself, and trust your instincts during this self learning process. You will determine what is doable and realistic for you. Go there when you need to. This is it!
I cannot stress enough, the tremendous power of affirmative positive thinking in life. Positive self-talk and empowering beliefs over time can seriously help us change the way we think about ourselves. Like the well known term, “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”, if we come to believe and act on it, it can become part of who you are, and what you want to be.
With "This Is It" available to be on your personal playlist, it will be ready when you want to listen to it’s significant message!! Use it going forward!
Mindfulness & The Music/Questions to Ask Yourself & Self-Reflect -
After listening to the song, take some time and give these questions some serious thought. Your answers here will reveal a great deal to you going forward. Use this opportunity for helpful self reflection…
Do you have recurrent issues with bouts of anxiety and depression?
Do you believe in your ability to “figure things out”?
Do you struggle with feelings of self-doubt? If so, why?
What is your problem solving ability like? Is it rushed or slow & thoughtful?
What is your decision making ability like? Are you hesitant or dependent on other’s input?
Are you currently receiving individual counseling therapy? Does it help you in this process?
Did your parents or family encourage you to believe in your ability to sort things out?
What are your fears about engaging in this process? Can you let them go?
MORE RECOMMENDED SONG SELECTIONS (ANXIETY/DEPRESSION):
“Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons
“Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson
Recommended Reading for the Week About Music & Song
“How Music Therapy is Reducing Anxiety & Isolation” by Wilson Chapman, discovermagazine.com, November 2, 2020
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