The Power of Music On Mood And Mental Health

Our soundtracks reflect our state of mind

Scarlett Jess Perrodin
Invisible Illness
Published in
9 min readMay 24, 2022

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Music has immense potential to therapeutically impact us. Melodies, rhythms, and lyrics can orchestrate a vast array of feelings and influence a shift in our mindsets.

Research by John Hopkins Medicine reiterated that listening to music can significantly reduce anxiety, pain, and blood pressure. The benefits of music are too numerous to list here, but at minimum we know it improves sleep, mood, alertness, and memory.

Music can influence our state of mind and thoughts across a diverse spectrum. It can soothe, energize, calm, motivate, move, and transform us.

“Science has now proven what music lovers already know, that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood. Music can make you feel more hopeful, powerful, and in control of your life. By increasing endorphins, listening to music can help you cope with pain.” -Deane Alban

There was never a day in my childhood that I did not listen to, sing, or experience some form of music. Often, any natural silence was filled with music within my family dynamic. Sharing a bedroom with my little sister who had insomnia and attention deficit hyper disorder, most nights I was also subject to listening to whatever songs she chose to self-soothe on our cassette…

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Scarlett Jess Perrodin
Invisible Illness

Mental health advocate, abuse escape artist, maternal aura, and comic. Personal stories. Some hints of humor. A diamond in the rough is still a diamond.