How to Add Music to Your Assortment of Self-Care Techniques During Breast Cancer

Music as a self-care-technique-for-breast-cancerChoosing an “M” word was a challenge as there are so many important “M” words like movement, mindfulness, mojo, and money. However, in my desire to give you tools of practice each day, I chose Music.

Music is readily available to all of us in one form or the other. We can listen to it on the radio or applications like Pandora.. We can enjoy a particular performer and develop a taste for specific genres. I was an adult before I acquired a taste for classical music. Mozart is particularly healing music as it can relax the brain and allow the right and left side of the brain to communicate in creative ways with each other. Often times, I will have parents of an adolescent ADD or ADHD client play Mozart in the background of a homework station because we now know that Mozart helps with focused attention. Music makes our heart smile and our body move.

Music is capable of taking us to far away places inside of us. It can help calm your fears, stir your mojo, bring forth your inner warrior, or distract you from worry. Unless you are a music lover by nature you might forget this important key to helping you let go, relax, and reboot. Thus, today choose to explore your music options.

  1. YouTube has a lot of music that you can listen to and watch for free.
  2. The Pandora app allows you to put together your own songs on a list and create your own station.
  3. If you have CD’s, you may enjoy a trip down memory lane to see what you used to listen to and what you enjoy now.

I want you to play with this avenue of music and be creative.

  • Listen to rap if you have never listened to it before.
  • Listen to new performers or international performers.
  • Listen to your favorite song in a different language.

Create your own list of songs for chemotherapy or after radiation. Choose music that elevates your mood and allows you to move a bit. Sing along to the music to drown out the background worry. Today, add Music to your assortment of self-care techniques and enjoy using Music often to elevate your mood.

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Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

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