Help Musicians UK commissioned a survey of over 2000 musicians and found that 68.5% suffered from depression, and over 70% suffered from anxiety and/or panic attacks. There can be many contributing factors to our mental health as Musicians, so what can we do to help look after ourselves?
We’ve gathered some tips that may be of use…
While competition in the music industry is evident, there is often a sense of community between musicians and no more so than in times of adversity. If you feel unsure about opening up to people you know, there are a number of charities and helplines available.
Even a short brisk walk can release endorphins which can increase mental alertness and energy. You could combine exercise with listening to your favourite podcasts and music and getting some fresh air is always good.
This can be tricky for musicians, but everyday habits can help. Try keeping a daily journal and use a to do list to track your achievements. You could also start the day with coffee (it is linked to lower rates of depression) or green tea.
Green tea and coffee are linked to lower rates of depression
Trying something new can help shift your focus and our creativity and well being are linked. It could be a musical thing, a new recording technique or a new piece of music or it could be unrelated to music. Focus on positives and doing what you love, as much as you can.
From laughs backstage to your favourite comedy series, it can all help reduce anxiety. Laughter helps reduce stress hormones and promotes the release of endorphins, the same as exercise.
If you do struggle with mental health, please remember there are wonderful people and organisations to support you. Allianz are partners with the national mental health charity; MIND who can provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. You can call their helpline on 0300 123 3393 or visit their website here.
Some other music specific organisations are linked below which may be helpful for you:
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