Keep Your Mental Health In Balance With These 5 Free Weekly Events From MusiCares
For so many, the last year has brought an unexpected array of stressors and anxieties affecting almost every aspect of day-to-day life. The upheaval of the music landscape, in particular, has impacted the lives of artists, musicians and the wider music industry to no small degree. As venues and studios shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as long-simmering social justice issues came to a boil, the music industry has seen the preexisting challenges of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns exacerbated.
As the music community continues to move forward into this new season of change, much about what lays ahead remains unclear. That's why it's even more crucial to cultivate a sense of personal well-being and balance during times of uncertainty as added demands can outstrip an individual's coping abilities. Through accessible programming intended to foster peer-to-peer dialog and provide guided professional instruction, participants can pursue healthy personal practices and develop tools to nurture their own mental health in ways that suit their varied lifestyles, schedules and priorities.
With all this in mind, MusiCares is spotlighting opportunities devoted to sustaining mental health awareness and action throughout Mental Health Awareness Month this May and beyond—free of charge.
Below, learn about five weekly programs MusiCares provides to aid the music community on an ongoing basis. From free weekly yoga sessions to virtual support groups, these programs help music people find consistent and effective ways to not only cope with tough times, but thrive through it all, come what may.
Make sure to check out MusiCares' Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 events, which are all free to attend, for more mental health resources and information.
If you find yourself preoccupied with stresses or anxieties of any kind, industry-related or otherwise, seek support and community in the company of other music-makers under the guidance of experienced and insightful group leaders. This confidential cyber support group is offered weekly in two optional time slots, free of charge.
Whether you're seeking increased physical strength, balance and flexibility, or you're aiming to better manage stress, increase your energy, or build a sense of community, yoga is a time-tested practice that can strengthen all these skills and more. (Plus, there are significant mental health payoffs associated with yoga and all of the above.) No experience? No problem. Join 200-hour registered yoga instructor Angela Bilkić on Zoom each Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET for a free 30-minute practice.
When community and conversation are needed, find it in other women in this group led by an experienced counselor with Nashville music roots and extensive industry insight. This free hour-long group takes place online each Thursday at 12 p.m. CT. Contact Danielle Bowker, LPC/MHSP directly for details at Danielle@dBCounseling.com or at 615-640-6886.
Regardless of where you are in the world or where you are in your recovery journey, you may join any of the varied addiction recovery groups offered weekly for free. Experienced professionals based across the U.S. lead the recovery groups, which offer help for music people seeking community and support,
In the face of bias, prejudice and stigma encountered in the music industry and in society, strength can be found in the community of others who face shared experiences of injustice. If you belong to the Black or LGBTQ music communities and are seeking an opportunity to take part in a dialog among peers, join licensed social worker and clinician Adrienne N. Williams, LMSW, M.Ed, CST, weekly for the group(s) best suited to you. Contact her directly at Adrienne@mylifeepiphany.com for more details.