HABIT 5 – EMOTIONAL FLUIDITY
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Consider the habit of listening to music almost 24/7 to lessen undesirable feelings associated with tension, or to enhance feelings that combat stress. Do you recognize this habit as practiced by you or someone you know?
When this is a primary music listening habit, the music may only provide temporary relief from feeling anxious, angry, depression, sadness, confusion, or boredom and then that feeling returns after the music stops, which is why the music plays continuously.
When music listening is desired almost nonstop, it’s most likely due to a problematic mood found in any of the U.S.E. moods.
For example, a soothed mood may be the target feeling to avoid feeling anything else. So soothing music ONLY is chosen, and all other music (and situations?) are avoided.
There are other examples referenced in the blog’s research reports which emphasize the habit of self-medication intensifying problem emotions.
Read more about long listening periods of time for people experiencing mood disorders entitled “Mood Music Listening Habits” at https://themusic4life.com/mood-music-listening-habits.
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Create a new playlist curated from your U.S.E. mood playlists (Habit 4, Activity 5) to move you into a space of intentional, prescriptive listening. This new prescriptive way of listening to music embraces what you’ve already learned implementing Habits #1 through #4.
Become aware of tendencies to self-medicate with music as you explore the use of prescriptive music listening which may expose repressed or suppressed emotions to be cleansed and released. This emphasizes the essential step of matching a distressed emotion which translates into listening to “U” music first. Then, you follow a prescribed mood sequence thereafter to avoid immersion in just “U” music.
You may wonder “Why would I want to listen to music that intentionally makes me upset?” It is important because of the tremendous clinical evidence working with more than 11,000 clients applying this cathartic approach. When you utilize all three U.S.E. playlists in a properly created new playlist, a distressed emotion can be cleansed and regulated, resulting in mental hygiene.
Read more about “Cathartic Strategies” at https://themusic4life.com/strategize-your-catharsis.
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Mood Sequence Formulas™ are integral to the prescriptive music listening approach by organizing a flow of emotions with matching mood music. Your broad emotional continuum, categorized into U, S and E mood states, are satiated with the best music to ease transitions between mood states. A Mood Sequence Formula places mood music in a prescribed order to create a new playlist called a Music Medicine Pill™.
Here are four steps in creating a Music Medicine Pill following a popular Mood Sequence Formula.
Listen daily to this new Music Medicine Pill for a healing catharsis, satiating and cleansing emotions. This addresses your broad emotional continuum of U, S and E moods and “exercises” them as you experience easier transitions between mood states.
If your Music Medicine Pill is not working to meet your expectations, Chronic Comfort Zones could be the problem. A trained music therapist can coach you with suggestions at musictelemedicine.com. And, check here for updates on the Key2MEE® app development to help you create your Music Medicine Pill.
** Note that the organization of the mood music may require audio file editing to optimize the entrainment mechanism essential for your targeted catharsis. This editing process requires support from a certified music therapist who has attained advanced training with the designation of Music4Life® Music Medicine Practitioner.
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Learn about the benefits of implementing Music Medicine Pills. When U.S.E. playlists provide the necessary music selections to meet a group’s goals, significant results can occur.
Here is one example of a Music Medicine Pill that follows a Mood Sequence Formula of U→S→E. 603 clinical participants were surveyed after experiencing this Music Medicine Pill as a one-time guided meditation. 91% reported improved mood state and 94% acknowledged enhanced Emotional Intelligence.
Listen to the diverse music and moods included in the Music Medicine Pill created for this clinical group. Please note that each music selection was modified for session time constraints and optimal mood transitions.
MUSIC LISTENING CAUTION: If you are in physical pain, such as a headache, this first section may worsen the pain which may subside as you listen to this entire playlist. The optimal experience for the first section is feeling an unsettled state, but not to an extreme condition of escalating emotional or physical pain. Should your discomfort become life-threatening, immediately stop the music. This playlist is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care.
Listen to the Music Medicine Pill on Spotify at https://spoti.fi/3o9w5Xg
Review the benefits in the clinical survey at https://themusic4life.com/music-medicine-with-recovery/
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Build your music mojo U.S.E.ing Music4Life® Music Medicine to create your superpower of resiliency where your heart and mind link together for success that defies stressors. Apply your carefully crafted Music Medicine Pill™ daily for the first two weeks, then as needed thereafter, to achieve an emotional balance with greater resilience and the ability to stay in a “flow state” as you build Emotional Fluidity. Note your daily experiences.
Mood Sequence Formulas generate not only Music Medicine Pills, but also Mood Exercise Regimens™, dependent on your goals. Are you focused on job or physical fitness performance goals? Mood Sequence Formulas™ for performance goals may differ from therapeutic goals. Learn more about this personalized approach at http://themusic4life.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Customized-MoodExerciseRegimen.pdf.
If you require assistance developing your Music Medicine Pill (therapeutic goals) or Mood Exercise Regimen (performances goals), please visit MusicTelemedicine.com for a consultation.
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