It’s amazing what a difference a day can make. It’s also amazing how one song can either match or change your current mood. In DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), one of the skills we are encouraged to use when we wish to change how we are feeling is called “Opposite Action.” I like to use music to invoke an opposite action when I am feeling sad, insecure, lonely, or depressed.
I’ve gathered a few songs that I find helpful. It helps if the tempo is upbeat, but as you’ll see with most of my choices, this isn’t the case. It’s the lyrics that really help. They speak to the common experiences and doubts that we all share, whether we have Borderline Personality Disorder or not.
Check them out if you’d like, and if you have certain songs that help you out of a funk or create a preferred emotion when you are down, please share what they are in the comments area. I’ll put together a list, and your input can help other people.
“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
“Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
“Amazing” by Aerosmith
“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.