Melodies to Brighten Your Mood

As we have wrapped up our holiday season and have rolled into the new year, it can be very challenging for our mental health. Particularly here in the Salt Lake valley we have additional challenges coping with the inversion. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD is a form of depression that occurs during specific seasons, typically winter.

While the lack of sunlight can have a significant impact on our mood, one tool that can help lift our spirits is music.

Here are a few ways that music can combat SAD and positively influence our emotional well-being.

  1. Mood Enhancement: Music has the incredible ability to evoke emotions and influence our mood. When feeling down or experiencing SAD symptoms, listening to uplifting and energetic music can help boost our spirits. Upbeat tunes with catchy melodies and positive lyrics can create a sense of joy and motivation, helping to combat the winter blues.
  2. Stress Reduction: SAD can often be accompanied by increased stress and anxiety. Music acts as a natural stress reliever, triggering the release of endorphins and reducing the levels of stress hormones in our bodies. Slow, calming melodies or instrumental music can induce relaxation, providing a much-needed escape from the daily stressors that contribute to SAD symptoms.
  3. Emotional Connection: Music has a unique way of connecting with our emotions. When dealing with SAD it’s important to acknowledge and express our feelings. Listening to music that resonates with our emotions can provide a sense of validation and comfort. Whether it’s a heartfelt ballad or a powerful anthem, music can serve as a companion during difficult times, reminding us that we’re not alone in our struggles.
  4. Motivation and Productivity: SAD can often leave us feeling lethargic and unmotivated. However, music can help ignite our energy and increase our productivity. Upbeat and rhythmic tunes can provide the necessary motivation to get movigin, whether it’s engaging in physical activity or tackling tasks that feel overwhelming. Creating a playlist of energizing songs can help combat the sluggishness we sometimes feel at this time of year.


All of these benefits of music on our mood and emotional well-being is all effective for our children as well. If your kiddos are struggling to stay motivated in school and are having trouble regulating their emotions, engage them in music. Explore playlists that boost their mood and help them find songs that make them want to move their bodies.

We could all use a little more dopamine and feel-good endorphins at this time of year. So joyfully participate in your Kindermusik class each week. Use the Kindermusik app to stream your current album in the car to enhance your child’s in-class experience. Sing and dance in the kitchen as you cook dinner. Put on an upbeat playlist as you guide your child through their household chores. Teach them that they can utilize the gift of music to benefit their daily life.