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    Driven By Music

    Music has been the driven point of my moods for a long time. Music, I remember from songs once heard as well as songs heard on the radio. Never been able to regulate my moods without thinking of a song or hearing a song. When I'm driving about 80% of the time, I'm listening to music that will help me adapt to the upcoming situation. #Radio #Music #MentalHealth #moods

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    :) relaxing music

    youtu.be/tG5g67LOvs8

    In case it helps anyone!

    Tim Janis has great calming music 🎶 🙂💕😊❤️ #Music #relaxing #MentalHealth #Hugs #Support #coping #resources #Recovery

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    Found accidentally but amazing and inspirational to think the next generation of young men and women can be so open emotionally so early in life.

    #MightyMusic #Inspiration #Music #musictherapy

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    What is your favourite grunge hit?

    I’m currently watching the series High School based on musical duo Tegan and Sara’s memoir, and the 90’s soundtrack is giving me major nostalgia… I now have Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes stuck in my head—which will probably take several days of listening to it on repeat to get out, because my brain gets OCD like that!

    So far I’ve listened to old favourites like Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Björk, The Pixies, Tori Amos, Greenday and I’m sure there are many more to come. It’s got me reminiscing about my sisters and I spending hours winding coloured cotton around our hair—why? And trying to dye my hair green with food colouring—also why—but more importantly I can confirm this only works if you’re Prince Andrew 😉

    And then there’s the clothes… the flannel, t-bar shoes, knee high socks, kilts, all the black eyeliner, floral dresses with ankle socks and of course DMs. I had a practical black pair but always secretly coveted a second pair in shiny oxblood. I did have a pair of custom made shocking purple bell bottoms, that would have other girls at clubs coming over to me to ask where I got them from, which made my nerdy ass feel smug for maybe all of 5 seconds.

    But back to the music 🎵

    After considering all the greats—of which there are many—I think I would have to narrow it down to Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun because it was both a great video, and an enduring song. Army of Me by Björk because I love the backstory about it apparently being about her brother, and it still gets me wanting to move more than I should to this day.

    And for my final pick I would have to go with Today by Smashing Pumpkins with a special mention for Drown, which is a close second because I still love the dreamlike composition. What sets Today apart in my opinion, is that Billy Corgan wrote and composed the song to juxtapose the darkness of his suicidal thoughts, with the upbeat melody—creating two levels on which to enjoy the song, And conceptually I think it was an equally brilliant music video, with the band driving around in an ice cream truck—which quite literally puts the cherry on top for me 🤓

    Share your favourite 90s grunge picks in the comments, and feel free to partake in the nostalgia of what other strange things we did in the name of “fashun”!

    #Music #MightyMusic #justforfun #DistractMe #Fashion #SpoonieFashion #MightyTogether #CheckInWithMe #obsessivethoughts #thisistrying

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    Music rules and heals

    Music therapy is a great outlet for processing rough stuff. You don’t even have to be “good” at it! #Music #Selfcare #MentalHealth

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    Sorry I didn't post. The days got away from me. Trying to catch up on homework.

    "picture description: Some days I need the music and some days I need the Lyrics " #Lyrics #poems #Music

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    Let The Bad Times Roll

    “The good times hide and so do I

    Out of my control I dig a hole

    If that's all the time that you got

    Then I'd rather not waste my life on hold

    I'm gonna let the bad times roll.”

    ~Paul Westerberg

    I love the movie Catch & Release because a) Jen Gardner, b) Jen Gardner, and c) it’s ultimately a feel good movie that touches on some heavy issues like death, depression, and how family should be defined.

    **SPOILER ALERT**

    Family is simply who and what WE choose to make for ourselves. In my experience, it is most often those least deserving of our trust who would try convince you otherwise.

    But, back to the movie…

    I discovered this song from the soundtrack and thought it would make for an apt Chronic Illness Anthem. Because as much as I’d like to trade in my body for an upgrade, I would not give up the wisdom being ill has bestowed upon me.

    Like knowing who is worthy of being called my family. And that sometimes, despite our hopes and best efforts, we just have to let the bad times roll—and not live our lives on hold.

    What are your Spoonie Anthem contenders?

    #Music #MightyMoment  #MightyMoment #musicsoothesthesoul   #MusicIsSavingMyLife #Movies  #Depression  #Death  #ChronicIllness #Spoonie #anthem

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    Team Gryffindor!

    A selfie from my trip to the doctor yesterday wearing a vintage jumper that reminds me of the Gryffindor house crest, which is convenient seeing as that’s my house!

    I’m slowly growing accustomed to doing more waiting, and less pushing myself to do things that result in PEM. And since my body sort of screamed at me to do less, I find myself noticing the small things around me I used to take for granted with renewed appreciation.

    I also find myself caring a lot less….so whoever was sat next to me smoking in the car with black tinted windows so I couldn’t see them, got treated to me singing along to The Fray (Happiness), Amy Winehouse (You Sent Me Flying / Cherry), Sia (Breathe Me), Sarah M (Adia), Coldplay (We Never Change), and Lou Reed (Perfect Day).

    I stopped short of Wild is the Wind by Nina Simone, because I feel like it’s a late night song that requires me to be pretend drinking red wine, in a Margo Tenenbaum state of mind.

    Now that I’ve made things potentially awkward, let me know what your Hogwarts house is and what some of your favourite Sing-It-Out-Loud-DGAF soul songs are 💛

    #HarryPotter #Fashion #SpoonieFashion #Postexercisemalaise #ChronicFatigue #ChronicIllness #CardiovascularDisease #Music #MightyMusic

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    My New Idea Of A Good Time

    Did you know that Otis Redding missed the 27 Club by just one year? Janis Joplin openly admitted to being inspired by him (and countless others I’m sure!). Janis supposedly changed her singing style after they sang together at Monterrey Festival. Yes, I am a bit of a hippy slash music trivia nerd 🤓

    Anyway I love this song and cannot help but think of it when I see this picture. This was my first post hospital outing about a week ago. Who knew simply sitting on a bench, just sipping a cup of tea, could feel like such a luxury… pure bliss after 8 weeks of confinement.

    Original lyrics by Otis Redding

    Altered to be fall / autumn appropriate 🍂

    Sittin' in the mornin' sun

    I'll be sittin' when the afternoon comes

    Watching the leaves roll by

    Then I watch 'em blow away again, yeah

    I'm sittin' on the slats of the bench

    Watchin' the time roll away, ooh

    I'm just sittin' on this wooden bench

    Soakin’ up time

    Left my home with my dogs and partner

    Headed for the Cotswold border

    'Cause I've had nothin' lately to live for

    It look like nothin's gonna come my way

    So I'm just gon' sit on the slats of this bench

    Watchin' the leaves roll away, ooh

    I'm sittin' watchin autumn’s alter, wastin' time

    Look like nothin's gonna change

    Everything still remains the same

    Ten doctors couldn’t tell me what to do

    So I guess I'll remain the same, yes

    Sittin' here restin' my tired bones

    And this loneliness won't leave me alone,

    Two thousand medical miles, I’ve roamed

    Just to make this perch my home

    Now I'm just gon' sit, on this wooden bench

    Watchin' the leaves roll on by, ooh yeah

    Sittin' on the slats of the bench

    Enjoyin’ time

    #Music #musicislife #MusicIsSavingMyLife #Poetry #poetrytherapy #Nature #MentalHealth #Depression #Disability #Hypothyroidism #mycotoxins #newnormal #MyCondition #Trying #thisismetrying

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    Struggle Street.

    I am entering a block of time where my depression has raised its head again. Always in such an inconvenient time. University stress is such a huge trigger point too. Get so caught up in the stress and anxiety of completing assessments, that my mental health just takes a deep dive down struggle street into Crap Town! Then i take sick days off work (my boss probably hates me now honestly) and i feel like im going to fail my classes because my mental state isnt in the right place to tune into that part of my brain to write essays and complete the important uni work.

    Truthfully, music is the only thing that quiets my fuzzy mind. #Stress #Depression #anxeity #univeristy #Music #tired