My psychologist has been working with me to try and help me deal with my phobic anxieties. One that has been difficult has been my anxiety of showers. I know there is a complicated issue behind it, but having the “why” just feeds the anxiety.
So to encourage myself to shower everyday & get past this, I created a playlist of very upbeat tunes and find myself lost in the music, not in my fear. To try to enjoy the experience rather than be fearful of it. And crazy enough, it’s working !
“Different music genres can make or break your mood, we all know this. Music is important for regulating our emotional state, can impact our focus and has an effect on the overall way we feel. Music has been used for centuries to change energy levels, improve mood and even to help people who are ill or suffering from emotional trauma to heal.”
“According to research published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, people can successfully improve their moods and boost their overall happiness in just two weeks, simply by listening to specific mood-boosting music. Researchers from McGill University … the response to music comes from the chemical dopamine. Correlating increased levels of dopamine in the brain to corresponding music proves that humans obtain pleasure from listening to music… find the types of music genres that get you feeling great … Now go get your groove on!”