The Importance Of Music To My Mental Health

When Chance said “Music is all we got” he was right. For a lot of us music is listened to for more than just our enjoyment. Your favorite song can make you feel better on your worst days or amazing on your best.

However, sometimes certain albums and songs become more than that. Sometimes that album or song can be the only thing that keeps you from exploding or it makes it okay when you do. Personally I have albums and songs that do that for me. The music of people like Childish Gambino, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and James Blake has kept me going at times when I didn’t always see a reason to. These artists have made music that provides a safety net for my mind and my emotions that I have personally never been able to give myself and I can say that this music has saved my life.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the most perfect person. I cry a lot, I’m dramatic as hell, and I am terrible in social situations. 9/10 if there are more than 3 people in any given place you will see me with my headphones in listening to music. Is it because I’m trying to be an asshole or I’m disinterested? No, it’s just what I need to be comfortable in that moment. You’ll rarely see me anywhere without my headphones because nothing is more soothing or calming for me than music and for a person who could have a panic or anxiety attack at any time my headphones and my phone are the best things I could have. Music provides a sense of comfortability in places where I feel least comfortable and for that I will be forever grateful to the artists that make it.