Having days of ups and downs? Divisiveness and polarization causing the blues? You are not alone.
A national survey we just commissioned on behalf of a client that provides tele-counseling to hundreds of anxious and stressed-out people each week shows that nearly 8 in 10 Americans are worried about the country’s future. The survey also showed that the mental health of 52 percent of American adults is suffering because of the election, to say nothing about COVID and other maladies.
“Americans need to be mindful of their mental health and find relief, otherwise, symptoms will only get worse and could lead to more serious health problems,” said Marianne Callahan, Ph.D., clinical and program director at The Maple Counseling Center.
Even if you think you can handle it on your own, we can all take a tip from my long-time friend and communicator extraordinaire Howard Kalt, who says, “Add a little music to your life.”
Studies have shown that music can lead to increased levels of dopamine in our brains. This is the same chemical that floods our noggins, making us forget about pain, mental or otherwise, and allows us to feel “high” when certain drugs are ingested. Jane Collingwood, a longtime contributing journalist to Psych Central, recently wrote, “Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies and can act as a powerful stress management tool in our lives.”
Music releases endorphins. Shortly after the pandemic began, Howard launched a daily, endorphin-releasing music blog for his friends, SPEAKERS UP! Every morning, he dutifully issues a post on a different musical topic and genre, along with several relevant musical links.
I grew up in a musical family with a brother who is an accomplished jazz artist. This background does not mean I am never stressed or anxious. But when I saw the results of our client’s study, along with so much that has been written about the healing effects of music, combined with Howard’s daily music blog, it triggered my idea for this post.
And in true keeping with the mission of only posting articles on PW Insight that that relate to communications and investor relations, I am happy with this post to emulate Howard’s idea.
Relax, take a listen, and enjoy:
- Public Relations, by Jimmy Buffett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Dlmtq9CNo
- Money, by Pink Floyd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0kcet4aPpQ
- Taxman, by George Harrison and Eric Clapton, https://youtu.be/y8OgkjcW0g4
- Busted, by Ray Charles https://youtu.be/N7ZjYbP6X8Y
- Time Is on My Side, by the Rolling Stoneshttps://youtu.be/_oSRvcdlgSI
- Communications Song, by Lior Porat https://youtu.be/mMSwMEzI8w0
Roger Pondel, firstname.lastname@example.org