Music Expression: The Effects of Music on Teen Self Esteem

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Most parents would (rightly) agree: their child is special. With this, it can be all the more heartbreaking to see your child suffer from a low opinion of themselves. Indeed, how could it be? You see that they’re special – so how could your child not see it? Unfortunately, there is no catch-all cure to boosting teen self esteem. If anything, certain types of comments that parents make with the best of intentions can only exacerbate the problem .
For example, even seemingly positive reinforcement can hurt teen self esteem. In a situation where a child struggles in a class, for instance, it is not enough to simply encourage them to try harder: sitting down with your child to help them study would go much farther.
To a certain degree, though, the effects a parent can have on boosting on teen self esteem are limited. The older a child gets, the more important it is for them to find their own, individual ways of self-expression. This is, in fact, where music can come into play. Listening to a favorite song doesn’t merely feel good; it has been scientifically shown to have multiple benefits for helping teen self esteem.

Discovering Music for Teen Self Esteem

What makes music special to a teen? There are multiple factors that contribute. Aside from targeted music therapy, music has numerous therapeutic qualities. It is a way to unwind after a long day, a friend to turn to, and a beat to exercise to. Moreover, music is a way to come together with others – since music defines a generation, it is distinctly unique and individual to your child. Discovering new music is a journey that mirrors a person’s development.
A song can explore uncomfortable topics and help your child work through problems. Hearing that others have experienced similar issues alleviates feelings of loneliness. Affinity to a band can make a child feel like a part of something bigger and consequently boost teen self esteem. Moreover, participating in the creative process can help your teen express themselves and put their emotions into words.

Trails Carolina Can Help

Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for struggling teens, ages 11-17. Our students commonly deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and other behavioral challenges.
For more information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303 today!

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Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

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