Leader, March 26 2021

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Playlist project was music to our ears

At this point, calling the past 12 months a rough year is an almost-comical understatement.

A pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands, forced businesses to close and kept us away from friends and loved ones has resulted in most of us having to endure more stress and grief than we ever thought was possible to cram into 365 days.

It’s no wonder, then, that we’ve been looking for ways to decompress wherever we can find them and it was good to read this week (page two) about Shopper-Aide’s new Playlist for Life project.

Although the Campbeltown group is a dementia-based charity its latest venture is not aimed at dementia clients solely and is being offered to all as an ‘opportunity to connect’.

From Lewis Capaldi to instrumental piano by Ludovico Einaudi, it’s clear that the process of de-stressing is different for all of us and putting together a playlist of your own choice seems a great idea.

Music is said to enhance intelligence and focus, improve mental health, and boost the immune system as well as self-esteem and confidence. It can be used to relax, to boost and lift our mood, or to improve concentration.

Many people have expressed how music is a form of escape, and can quickly and effectively transport them to a better time, place, or memory.

While we are still relying very much on our emotional life jackets, what could be better?