In her recent appearance on RADIO.COM's I’m Listening: Stay Connected with Dr. Chris Donaghue, Ally Brooke speaks up about the importance of music when it comes to our mental well being. The "All Night" singer says, “Music is therapy. It express you in a way that real words can’t. For me when I hear music it takes me to a whole different place. It uplifts my mood, it encourages me, it can turn a bad day into a good day, it can help me to find inner strength, it can help me to find confidence or find resolution with something.”
Brooke believes that music heals and aims to create connection point with her music and her fans. “For me, being able to create that music is such a blessing and gift," Brooke shares. "Being able to make someone feel that way through my music is an enormous blessing. Fans come up to me or write to me on social media on how my music has impacted them or helped them out of dark situations… it is such beautiful feeling.”
Music is a huge part of practicing self-care. Brooke also shares her top self-care practices that she has been focusing on while in quarantine at home, in Texas. The singer says there are an “umbrella” of activities that make her feel better, but as of late, taking part in some of the most simple things have made her feel at ease. “Even something as simple as baking or cooking, I love doing that," reveals Ally. "It’s very therapeutic for me.”
Focusing on taking downtime from daily tasks such as work has also been something that has provided Brooke with more mental ease and stability. She also says she tries to talk to family and friends on a regular basis about her feelings so that she doesn’t feel alone.
Self-care can be anything that makes us feel good and grounded. Dr. Chris adds, “Self-care is anything we can do that uplifts us, nourishes us and leaves us feeling better.”
Hearing from Brooke during the I’m Listening: Stay Connected live stream certainly added a ray of sunshine and hope to our day. You can watch all the best moment’s from Brooke’s interview here.
RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.