RUOK? Music and Well-being.

Don't underestimate the power of music to combat feelings of anxiety, loneliness, depression and social isolation. Music, more than any other art form, can lift the spirits and open the mind to the wider world. It is well known that singing or playing music with others has wide-ranging positive outcomes, but sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take the action of walking through the door of the rehearsal space. Nothing bad will happen - only good! You can do as much or as little as you feel like. You can ask any question you wish - no one will judge you. Music is not a competition, it is a pastime, an enrichment of life. There is no magical music fairy who taps you on the head with a wand and deems you to have "talent". There is only music. In and of itself, it is inherently good, and good for you. There is no such thing as a "lapsed" musician, you are just organising your life based on your priorities. There is nothing to be feared by picking up an instrument that you once played as a child at school. Sometimes that re-familiarisation can bring back many warm and welcome memories triggered by the feel, the sound and even the smell of the instrument ! On this RUOK Day in 2018, remember that anything you do in music is OK, in fact, it is fine and extraordinarily positive. For more about the connection between music and well-being see this:

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