Instrumental Sessions was designed to help you look at music from a new perspective and use it as a tool to benefit your mental health

Music is something that many people love and most people have some form of access to, whether you like to play it, stream it, or go old school and listen to vinyl. Many research studies have found that music can be beneficial for your physical and mental health, treating your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. So why not try it? Most of us listen to music if we’re in a good mood or a bad mood, if we’re happy or sad, we create the soundtrack to our lives, a personalised backdrop to our memories. Instrumental Sessions aims to help you understand how to use music purposefully and find out which method and genre works best for you.

How to get started?

Try using different music for different moods, that’s the only way you’ll get to know which music suits you – it might be classical for relaxation and pop music for happiness

You might make a playlist, whether you like to always listen to the same songs or artists or if you prefer to mix genres – you can use the Instrumental Sessions playlists for inspiration!

Don’t underestimate the power of singing along to the radio, going to gigs, being in a choir or playing in a band, all of these are ways of incorporating music into your life

Most importantly, trust yourself to know what music you like, everyone is different and music is subjective, there’s no such thing as a “guilty pleasure”

Instrumental Sessions was created by Bonnie Morrell. Bonnie completed a Masters in Psychology from the University of Glasgow and wrote her research dissertation on the role of music in the self-regulation of chronic pain. Being passionate about music, Bonnie also wrote her undergraduate thesis on the therapeutic effects music has on its audiences. These research projects inspired Instrumental Sessions and the ambition to share this information with other music lovers for their own personal benefits.