Many of us turn to art when we are feeling strong emotions. We might express these emotions through creating art ourselves. Or we might enjoy art created by others by engaging in activities like reading or listening to music. Art can help us in various ways. It can allow us to distract ourselves from unwanted feelings and replace them with different feelings. Or it can assist us in processing our feelings by expressing the same type of emotion we are experiencing.
When it comes to music, it can be helpful to have a diverse array of albums available to us so that whatever we're feeling, we don't have to feel alone. Over the past several weeks, I've been doing research and interviewing friends and family about their favorite albums for self care. Check out the list below for some ideas about how music may be helpful to you!
FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS
For when you need to say goodbye and be certain you'll be ok:
NIGHT MOVES - COLOURED EMOTIONS
For a chill, earthy, "happy hippy" vibe:
BRANDI CARLISLE - THE STORY
For when you're raw with emotion and need to feel understood:
BON IVER - FOR EMMA, FOREVER AGO
For when you're feeling nostalgic and need a reminder to be "patient, kind, balanced, and fine":
MOGWAI - THE SINGING MOUNTAIN
For stimulating your third eye and helping you connect with a sense of mysticism:
TOMASO ALBINONI - ALBINONI: COMPLETE SOLO OBOE CONCERTOS
For days when you are energetic but peaceful and want to listen to something that reflects the same hopefulness about the world that you are feeling.
BEACH HOUSE - TEEN DREAM
For conjuring the feeling of the sun on your face and a warm salty breeze blowing gently through your hair:
ROLLING STONES - LET IT BLEED
For when you're feeling restless, wound up, and want to hop in a beat up car and go on a cross country road trip:
LUDOVICO EINAUDI - DIVENIRE
For when you're feeling sleepy but need something to gently wake you up and instill in you a motivation to get all the things done:
YANN TIERSEN - AMELIE SOUNDTRACK
For when you need to be reminded of the whimsy and quirkiness of life: