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Felt quite blue this morning
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Didn't even feel like doing my piano practise. Convinced myself to do so. Mood lifted as a result.

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Originally Posted by KevinM
Didn't even feel like doing my piano practise. Convinced myself to do so. Mood lifted as a result.


Music is magical.


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Originally Posted by KevinM
Didn't even feel like doing my piano practise. Convinced myself to do so. Mood lifted as a result.


I have found that two things lift my mood, music and exercise.


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Depression? Hmmm, mine has prevented me from even taking the cover off for two weeks. It would feel like I was jabbing some keys to make a kind of noise for some reason.

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Originally Posted by thickfingers
Depression? Hmmm, mine has prevented me from even taking the cover off for two weeks. It would feel like I was jabbing some keys to make a kind of noise for some reason.


I’m sorry to hear that. I have a friend who goes through cycles of not being able to play for weeks at a time. I try to nudge her back to it but I don’t push too hard as I feel that it is something she has to want to do.

Reading James Rhodes’ book “Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music” convinced me more than ever of the power that music has to heal.

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Different things will help each of us. So I'm not suggesting what works for me, will work for others. In my case I have too many things to be anxious about, stuff I can't control but that badly impacts my life. In this case practising the piano forces me to focus on something else and that helps.

Sorry to hear thickfingers. I know dealing with depression can be tough.

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This is magnificent. Thank you.

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Take heart all ye labor over the keyboard! One of the main reasons why I play is that it’s so therapeutic!!!!


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I always find mental balance at the piano. No matter what's going on in life, when I start concentrating on the music, all my troubles fall away. ❤️


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I have always loved Henry Purcell’s Music for a While

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A friend who is a wonderful painter once said that the best advice she ever heard was, "if you don't feel like painting, go paint for half an hour, and then you will feel like painting." I find that this works for piano practice as well. Once I get myself to the piano bench, the piano is in charge, not me. And my piano takes good care of me. It has been great solace lately.


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I hear you. Dealing with depression myself, and what I know is that exercise ‘revisiting my dream of running the marathon’ and playing the piano have kept me in check. Grateful. Been able to stay away from any form of medication, and of course, I recommend professional help too.
Practicing piano is kinda like endurance racing, long term mind set to keep going; on down hills your pace is pretty fun, on the up hills - you take your time and be easy on yourself, but try to keep going. Training for the marathon is like life/piano: when it gets tough, try not to stop, just try and recover at slower pace. My recovery/healing is very much reflected in the progress I have made in playing the piano.
You’re not alone, and there is magic in the notes. 😊


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Originally Posted by Pianoperformance
I hear you. Dealing with depression myself, and what I know is that exercise ‘revisiting my dream of running the marathon’ and playing the piano have kept me in check. Grateful. Been able to stay away from any form of medication, and of course, I recommend professional help too.
Practicing piano is kinda like endurance racing, long term mind set to keep going; on down hills your pace is pretty fun, on the up hills - you take your time and be easy on yourself, but try to keep going. Training for the marathon is like life/piano: when it gets tough, try not to stop, just try and recover at slower pace. My recovery/healing is very much reflected in the progress I have made in playing the piano.
You’re not alone, and there is magic in the notes. 😊


One should never take any marathon training advice from me, a guy who followed a fifteen week advanced marathoning plan, ran about six hundred miles, ran my fastest mile ever, a 5:57 at 45 years of age, three weeks before the marathon, and then wound with a stress fracture wearing a boot so that I never made it to the start line.

One of my friends used to say that the best marathon was the one you trained for and never ran, and I have come to embrace that philosophy, lol. I was going to run the thing at race pace and that would have been horrible agony and a long recovery period.

Since then, I’ve taken up rowing, a non-impact sport that works about eighty five percent of the body’s muscles and is efficient at building fitness. I bought a dynamic rowing machine for home, an RP3, and that thing provides an incredible workout.

Any kind of exercise is good for stabilizing one’s mood.


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Thanks for the musical links people and your replies.

My refrain to myself and others is try and be kind to yourself.

It is all too easy to misinterpret what we say to each other on these forums. I know I have done it.

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Kevin M - Thank you. I am doing just that, and in particular this weekend. Tomorrow is my Son s birthday - 23 years old. To make a long story much shorter, the last time he had any contact with me was five years ago. I have made every effort, although all have served futile, in contacting him. A very difficult thing for a Mother to experience.

So, I will be kind to myself especially this weekend. Actually, I started today. I sat and recorded a piece I composed a few months ago on ym Zoom H5. Tomorrow, I will play it on my digital and Midi it to my MacBook Pro into Sibelius. As I am very computer illiterate, this will more than likely take me the entire weekend to do. Yay!

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LarryK: you are in the elite group of runners! After many years absent..I am jogging relative to your racing pace!! 🤣 I am following a beginners marathon program, and all I want to do is enjoy the race and finish. A PR in itself!!

My low impact is swimming and spinning, neither I can do much as the training is consuming; Plus piano practice 😬


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LarryK: you are in the elite group of runners! After many years absent..I am jogging relative to your racing pace!! 🤣 I am following a beginners marathon program, and all I want to do is enjoy the race and finish. A PR in itself!!

My low impact is swimming and spinning, neither I can do much as the training is consuming; Plus piano practice 😬


Oh, my fast days are a number of years behind me now, and even back then, there were guys five years older than I was who could turn in a 5 minute or close to 5 minute mile. As they say, there is always a sky above a sky.

After an incredible amount of pain from running, I've come around to your way of thinking and I only run with my wife, for fun. She's slow but she's happy.

I find rowing to be incredibly efficient. A half hour on my machine and I'm wrecked for the day. It is the movement of the large muscles in the legs that do the most to drive the heart rate higher and rowing is 60% legs, 30% back and torso, and 10% arms.

Swimming takes a lot of energy, it's a great workout, but I've never been a good swimmer.

Enjoy your race! Don't drink too much water. Just drink when you are thirsty. Slower runners have problems because they think they have to drink a lot and this can lead to hyponatremia, a condition of low sodium in your blood. There is information in this article:

https://www.runnersworld.com/traini...d-hyponatremia-how-common-how-dangerous/

From what I read, in the beginning, marathoners thought you had to drink copious amounts of water, so runners were falling down all over the place with hyponatremia, and then they thought runners shouldn't drink at all so they were falling down with dehydration. They finally figured out to drink when thirsty and things got better.


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Originally Posted by LarryK

Enjoy your race! Don't drink too much water. Just drink when you are thirsty. Slower runners have problems because they think they have to drink a lot and this can lead to hyponatremia, a condition of low sodium in your blood. There is information in this article:

https://www.runnersworld.com/traini...d-hyponatremia-how-common-how-dangerous/

From what I read, in the beginning, marathoners thought you had to drink copious amounts of water, so runners were falling down all over the place with hyponatremia, and then they thought runners shouldn't drink at all so they were falling down with dehydration. They finally figured out to drink when thirsty and things got better.

As a rough guideline, if a marathoner takes longer than four hours to complete the race, he's much more likely to be in danger of over-hydration. Much faster than that and he's unlikely to be able to keep up with fluid loss from sweating and panting. (I lost 2 kg in my last marathon, despite consuming 1.32 litres of a rehydration/energy drink along the way - I couldn't drink any more without the sloshing in my stomach becoming uncomfortable).

I attended a pre-London Marathon medical conference prior to my second marathon (over fifteen years ago), and already the danger was well-known, because the previous year, several people had collapsed and one had died from hyponatraemia due to over-drinking. It never ceases to amaze me when I see people bringing one-litre water bottles into the gym for a ten-minute slow jog on the treadmill (followed by a half-hour chat), and they finished that bottle by the end of their workout.

Unfortunately, bad medical advice is slow to be publicly rejected (especially when commercial considerations - manufacturers of bottled water and "energy drinks", for instance - come in). One of the most prevalent today is that one must never go hungry (think manufacturers of snack products, fast food chains etc).......


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Oh, we're talking running! I love to run when I have the energy.

So one hot summer day, years ago, I ran and started shivering, got goose bumps on my arms. I asked on a forum, people answered "water salt balance". Since then, whenever I run on a warm day (and I rarely run more than 10 km, usually less) I drink more than half a liter of broth before running. Works great!
Also, no tech shirt when I run, but ordinary cotton, because it keeps me cooler.


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