May is Mental Health month and we are excited to share accessible resources that use creative expression to foster mental health. Check back throughout the month for more inspirational activities and read our blog post on self-care zines.
Playlists for Well-Being
This week, try making a playlist for different feelings. Feeling overwhelmed? Curate songs that calm and ground you. Feeling down? Put together a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs – you could even have a solo dance party!
More Resources & Inspiration
Not sure where to start? Take some inspiration from artists who have created songs that speak to mental health on this Pandora playlist. Or browse this Mental Health Resilience Playlist made by Julie Hersh, writer for “Struck by Living,” which offers personal experience on coping with depression and living life to the fullest. Hersh was inspired by walk-up songs from professional baseball players to create her mood-boosting playlist.
Learn how our healthcare system is using music to lift spirits. Check out this article from NPR that shares how songs like “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles and “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys are giving strength to recovering COVID-19 patients.
Lastly, be sure to check out your local library to stream music for free. You can find us dancing to this upbeat playlist from the Los Angeles Public Library: Come On Get Happy.
Interested in additional resources on mental health? Check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness for readily available accessible resources.