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Music Therapy Proven to Help Heal Body, Mind
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As Autumn leaves begin to litter the ground, signaling the approach of the lonely winter, depression in the world begins to rise.  What's known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or simply known as Winter Depression, can be brought on by the lack of sunlight, affecting millions of people during the change in seasons.

What can we do to prevent the mood changes and even depression?  Music.  Music, much like laughter, has many healing benefits for both the mind and body.  Whether it's the chemical response in our brains while listening to music, or simply the distraction music can provide us during stressful times, music can have a positive impact on our lives.  

As one who has been through extensive physical rehabilitation and dealt with the stresses that accompany a severe injury, I have turned to music on many occasions to help me through the tough times.  

It provided a distraction to the most painful portions of my recovery.  Music soothed my stress levels as I coped with my new physical restrictions.  Music even provided physical therapy as I learned to play violin while regaining strength in my back for proper posture and form.  

The benefits, though unknown in quantity, have aided not only myself, but many others with all kinds of ailments.  

So, if winter has you feeling down or even uninspired and restless, turn on the music.  Only positive things can happen!  

"Music Therapy Proven to Help Heal Body, Mind"

http://www.cm-life.com/2013/09.....body-mind/ 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Yep, we just had our first snow, exactly 4 months to the day from our last snow.  We only get about 3 hours of daylight in winter so SAD is a common concern here.  I make myself get out in "it" even when it is extremely cold as it gets you through winter better.  Playing has turned out to be a wonderful addition to my stay healthy through the winter regime lol.  

 

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Wow, I couldn't imagine having that much darkness!!  It's bad enough when I start to get "Cabin Fever" while stuck inside, but to have that as well, yikes!  

But you know what?  It's funny, I actually write some of my best music during the winter months!  It seems as though my musical tastes have seasons of their own.  In the summer, I play and write upbeat, simple tunes.  While during the winter, I write more complex, layered pieces that take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions! lol  

I guess I'm weird like that! :D

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Oh do you have videos of any of it?  I'd love to see them.  

 

Yes, winter here is extreme.  Nothing like dark and -40 to make my little cabin in the woods feel so very safe and homey.  When I first moved here almost 10 years ago, I tried to teach myself guitar for a winter project.  It didn't turn out well but that is because this fiddle was in my future.  Now all my winters can be filled with it.  I'm really looking forward to this winter to expand my skills and learn more songs. 

 

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Ah yes, nothing warms the heart and spirit quite like a good fiddle and cup of cheer!  I know that get's me through some cold nights! :D  .....maybe that's why people seem to think that I'm "cheery" all the time!  

I do have some songs recorded from my old, metal and rock days.  I really need to get some of those posted on Youtube! LOL  During the winter, I really start writing more, classical pieces in nature.  Along with some progressive as well.  😉  

Ironically enough, on the first official day of Fall, I wrote a piece on piano called, Beautiful Shadows.  I started with the basic chord progressions and then figured out a vocal line on violin.  I love the way it's turning out!  Now, if I can only keep things written in NORMAL time signatures!  dunnorofl I swear, I going to wear out my metronome app! 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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