Using Music As A Coping Skill


Listening to music can be a form of support for your favorite artists, but it can also be a coping mechanism. It does not matter whether you like listening to genres such as pop, EDM, contemporary, or K-pop for pleasure and contentment. Listening to music, in general, has a lot of psychological benefits as well.

Hans Christian Andersen once wrote, “Where words fail, music speaks.” People agree this statement could not be more accurate. Music can take us to unimaginable places, with the emotions we never knew exist inside us. It can help us release our frustrations, console us during the moments we grieve, and even bring peace and solace to our minds.

Music To Cope

Music can alter people’s moods, and for a lot of them, they use it as a coping mechanism.

1. Listening

“Therapy doesn’t have to be talk-based; there are some modalities, like music therapy and art therapy, that can help you get those in tune with those emotions without having to cough them up verbally,” says Hannah Goodman, LMHC. Just like our struggles in life, we cannot fully heal and find a solution if we run away from it. People use music to cope with listening to it. Try figuring out what you are feeling and create a playlist consisting of songs which your current state of mind relates to. In this way, you give yourself time to feel without rushing yourself to be entirely okay.

On the other hand, you may do the opposite. If you feel miserable, find a song that makes you think you want to get out of bed, and conquer your goals. If you feel like you have no energy left in your body, listen to an upbeat song that makes you want to move.


2. Instrument

Playing an instrument is another great way to use music as a coping skill. It also helps improve intellectual wellness. Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC,  once said, “Intellectual wellness is when you recognize your unique talents to be creative and you seek out ways to use your knowledge and skills. When you foster your intellectual wellness, you participate in activities that cultivate mental growth.” Once you get your hands on an instrument, you can express so many emotions without having to utter a single word and improve cognitive function as well.

3. Writing

One of the best ways to release bottled-up emotions is through writing. Yes, “Not everyone agrees, though, that the mere act of writing is necessarily beneficial. In fact, initial writing about trauma triggers distress and physical and emotional arousal, researchers have found. And not all people will work through that distress therapeutically or through continued writing.” says Helen Marlo, PhD. But the great thing with that is, you can write whatever you feel, and who knows, it might turn out to be the next hit song.

4. Social Connection

Music is one way of connecting with people, be it through sharing playlists, talking about your favorite artists, or merely recommending songs.


Music For Mental Health

Music can relax our mind, energize our body, help us release emotions, and manage pain. Aside from coping, it also has a lot of benefits.

  • Listening to music can enhance your performance during cognitive tasks.
  • Music is an excellent de-stressor. It covers a variety of genres, and you will surely find one that will calm your nerves and will help you to relax.
  • According to a study, listening to music can be a safe and affordable treatment for insomnia.
  • Upbeat and fast-paced music helps and motivates people to exercise and have a healthy living.

Music can inspire and entertain individuals, but it also has psychological benefits. Instead of thinking about it just as an entertainment, consider that it can also improve your health and well-being, be it through the melodies or lyrics. Incorporate music into your everyday life; it might give you the change and peace you have been longing.