A 2017 NBC article highlighted the very real chance that music can actually worsen one’s mood if used for indulgence in negativity.
Taking care of oneself in quarantine should get to the basics, anyway, says Healthline. Especially during a global pandemic, one does not need any more external stimulation to distract the brain. More important is focusing on establishing a lifestyle that promotes wellness. Healthline recommends exercising the body, managing caffeination levels, and maintaining connection with one’s community.
Although music can surely serve as a creative escape for many, we do live in a world focused on consistent productivity. In a time of strife, it seems beneficial to allow oneself to relax without the burden of churning out material or responsibility to immediately adopt a new skill, just because there is time to do so.
According to The Guardian, our culture of hyper-productivity is not conducive to strong mental health. Now that we are enduring a global quarantine, there is a heightened pressure to find a way to monetize the time we have been given. Yet, a pandemic inherently surfaces new distractions and new anxieties that impede our ability to stay focused or creative even if we wanted to be.