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Rhythm + Blues: Music and Mental Health

Posted by Alexandra Van Rijn on

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy music?

Yeah, me neither. 


For as long as I can remember, music has been there for me. Okay, I’m getting all Taylor Swift-y on you, but I’m sure you can relate. There’s a song for just about everything. Your typical heartbreak song, or the love story you’ve always dreamed of, and everything in between. When you’re feeling happy, when you’re feeling sad, when you’re feeling that feeling that no one can describe, music can surely express those emotions for you.
During the midst of my depressive episode, music was the one thing that gave me life. 
And it makes sense too, because music releases endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are the “feel good” chemical in your brain that relieves pain and induces the feeling of pleasure and happiness. 


Whenever I’m feeling down and need a guarantee cheer-up, I turn to music. Or even when I want to acknowledge how I’m feeling and accept my off-days, I turn to music. 


Here is my go-to playlist for “those days:”


Campus Rep, Olivia Rezac 


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