Music has always been used as a therapeutic tool – even before we could understand it. When we were babies, our parents or caretakers would sing us to sleep and soothe our crying. As teenagers, we would blast our favourite songs for an instant mood boost after a bad, stressful day at school. Now, we don’t only use music as a stress reliever or a motivator, we also tap into these feelings of nostalgia and togetherness with old tunes.
But, what makes music the best stress reliever is that it doesn’t disrupt our daily lives. We can let it play in the background and still feel at ease instead of having to squeeze it into our busy schedules. You can also incorporate it into your self-care routine! Here’s an empowering playlist filled with lyrics that celebrate self-care to help you show yourself some love today:
Therapy is an immensely valuable tool for mental wellbeing that should be made more accessible – it can not only be costly, but Malaysia has suffered from a critical shortage of clinical psychologists. Traditional talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is the most widely used mental health service. However, if you’re not ready or able to do so, there are other ways you can process your emotions and feelings. Even if you’ve tried counselling and found it wasn’t for you, don’t feel bad because we all have different needs. Try exploring these mental health treatments instead:
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- Yoga Therapy
Yoga therapy helps toimprove mental and physical health by using yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and guided visualisation. Its therapeutic focus covers a wide range of clinical methods that combineboth physical therapy and psychotherapy.
- Dance / Movement Therapy
Dance therapy incorporates movement for a better understanding of self-awareness and self-esteem. By offering a space space to express your feelings, the treatment is beneficial for both physical and mental health.
- Music Therapy
Conducted by a professional therapist, music therapy uses music to promote and sustain overall wellbeing. It involves a variety of musical activities, such as listening to music, singing and playing an instrument.
- Art Therapy
You don’t need to be skilled to partake in art therapy – it just uses the creative process to help people build self-awareness, explore feelings, fix unresolved issues, enhance social skills and boost self-esteem.
- Writing Therapy
Journal writing is a popular tool used by psychotherapists. This form of therapy addresses problems through journaling techniques and prompts to increase awareness and improve mental health conditions.
Also known as nature therapy, ecotherapy offers the opportunity to explore your relationship with nature. The positive impacts of interacting with nature has been illustrated by an increasing amount of research.