Mental Health: Let’s Talk Wellbeing #IndustryTips

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The bustling music industry is powered by numbers of people in a variety of roles. Many have found a way to achieve a healthy work/life balance, however most find themselves experiencing difficulty sustaining a living, anti-social working hours, exhaustion, and the inability to manage their time and plan the future.

While we celebrate the success of those at the top of their game many people on every level of the music industry are plagued by a lack of recognition for their work, making comparisons between themselves and those who are more successful, and tend to form their self worth by welding their career and personal identity together.

In 2016, over 2000 participants took part in an industry-wide survey for one of the largest known studies into wellbeing in the industry.

The survey found that:

71.1% of all participants believed they had experienced panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety.

68.5% reported they had experienced depression.

And 30% claimed they would be very likely to, or had already sought help.

The physical impacts of a career in the music industry such as musculoskeletal disorders can also lead to low moods when unable to manage grueling schedules due to injury.

The report states that mental health related issues for women in the industry stem from balancing work and family commitments, sexist attitudes and even sexual harassment.

The dictionary definition of wellbeing is to feel comfortable, healthy, and happy. But how can people in the music industry experiencing mood disorders such as anxiety and depression find balance in their day to day working life?

 

 

It’s not always possible to find balance when things are spiralling out of control. Trolling, the death of a loved one, or a project not going to plan can trigger feelings of anger and despair. But changing your perception can help to calm an otherwise volatile situation and help bring about personal growth. In times of trouble ask yourself, what can I learn from this?

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

What at first might seem like disappointment can in fact be the start of an even greater opportunity. Self belief, self confidence, and a positive outlook are vital to your wellbeing. Along with the relevant skills, your thoughts, feelings, and attitude determine the opportunities which come your way.

According to psychology 86% of our self talk is negative. It’s crucial to your wellbeing then that you find ways to quiet your mind. Whether it’s closing your eyes and breathing deeply for 5 minutes, going outside for a walk, or speaking to someone, your number one priority should be your peace of mind.

The habits you form now will take you through your career. Make a habit of maintaining your wellbeing by finding balance in all areas of your life.

TAKE AWAY
– Honour your feelings
– Change how you view the situation
– Relax and unplug

If you would like to speak to someone about your mental health call the Music Mind Matters 24/7 helpline on 0808 802 8008 or go to www.helpmusicians.org.uk