MENTAL HEALTH FOR COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS

Our job can be one of the most stressful without us realizing. We spend hours/days/weeks and months in our writing caves, we prioritize delivering and submitting to our deadlines over socializing or going to events. We spend a good amount of time marinating in self doubt, anticipating our producers’ notes or revisions from our directors.

Recently, I decided to seek therapy. I was diagnosed with symptoms of depression and anxiety that cause me chronic pain, I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and that I needed professional guidance. My stress was stored in my back where I already had 2 slips, and that dragged me further to a place I never wanted to go.

Therapy is the best decision I took to advance my career, indirectly. And I would not want any of my fellow composers (or anyone really) to go through what I’ve gone through. If therapy is not on your priority list yet, please consider some of the tips that helped me personally and were recommended by my therapist as well, to love and live a healthy balance between our passion and our daily life:

1. Exercise: whether you take your dog for a walk, or go on a stroll for 30 minutes, do cardio at the gym or yoga, just move your body and get some energy pumping. Create a playlist to motivate you to workout, or find a workout buddy.

2. Socialize: you will have days when you just want to stay in bed, cuddling under those warms sheets and do nothing but browse the internet. Don’t do it! Get out. Take one step at a time but do not surrender to those negative thoughts that pull you away from living your life to the fullest.

3. Small tasks: Don’t be hard on yourself, try to cross off smaller tasks of your list and that’ll make you feel good about yourself.

4. Talk to others: Having a circle of support, friends you can confide in and vent out to, or just do activities with.

5. Disconnect: Sometimes social media can take a toll on our psyche and it can be draining. Try to stay away for a few days and see how you feel about it.

6. Journal and mood log: Observe your patterns. What makes you feel the way you felt at 12:36 pm on Sunday the 20th. Track those patterns and you will be surprised with how much you will learn about yourself.

7. Positivity: Surround yourself with people who’ll pick you up. Those who complain or nag will fuel you with more reasons to feel bad about yourself or feel low energy. You are who you surround yourself with.

8. Gratitude: I ALWAYS mention The Magic practice by Rhonda Byrne. Having a consistent routine of practicing what you’re grateful for, for 28 days, will raise your vibration and remind you of all the blessings you have.

9. THERAPY: Reach out. When you injure yourself, you go to a doctor. When you feel you need help, you go to a therapist. Do not wait until it is difficult to control.

10. Get a pet: When I got Grey, I felt responsible for a soul besides mine. It was a great feeling, I felt so motherly with him and he became another reason for me to become a better version of myself and provide him with a great life. It sounds like having a kid for me, but having a dog definitely changed my life!

Please reach out to me or anyone if you feel you have hit rock bottom or if you need to talk! Our mental health is our main asset that drives us and gives us the motivation and energy to create art and make this world a more beautiful place!

Merry Christmas to you all. And stay healthy inside out