"Le Deep Tape"

"Going one deeper for winter and seasonal depression awareness. Let this be a reminder that it's ok to feel down or sad or even angry. Simply remember that the only thing you can control is yourself and expressing your emotion in a healthy way. Sophisticated biscuits only.” The thoughtful message above was included in the track info. for this week's Sound Track Sunday submission, Le Deep Tape, by ludacroissant on Soundcloud. My sincerest thanks to contributor and music aficionado Chris Hunt for submitting this open-hearted and energizing mix, along with the compassionate message to match.

It's always impressive to me when people like Chris encourage us to check in with ourselves and remind us that it's okay to not feel happy all the time. It's a shockingly easy thing to forget - that our jobs are not to be happy all the time and that perfection isn't real. Chris is absolutely right, particularly in the winter months, depression can hit hard. Knowing that you're not alone and having a friend who goes beyond the superficial greeting of, "Hey, how's it going!" to instead invite a real conversation about mental health, "Hey, so you really don't seem like yourself lately, do you think you might be depressed?" Having a friend who does that can be such a gift.

Talking about mental health can feel awkward, because it's not like you can go, "Hey, so how's your mental health lately?" You obviously can, but it feels too robotic and 'after-school-specialish' for a lot of people. What I love so much about this week's contribution (besides the amazing music) is that Chris's soundcloud message is the perfect example of how someone can talk about mental health. Just pepper in those messages on your social media, in conversations, through book recommendations, whatever. It doesn't have to be a super intense conversation to be effective and get the message across. Using the words, "depression" and "seasonal depression awareness" on your social media and in conversations with friends helps bring those issues to life and can take someone out of a place of isolation. Talk about mental health, because mental health matters.

We all deserve to lead healthful, engaged lives and we can't do that without maintaining awareness of our mental health. The healthiest people know that, and just like number 5 in my ten tenets, the healthiest people are the ones who seek support. Chris reminds us this week that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness; a life-changing message once you fully take it in. Thanks again so much, Chris!

I say it every week and I'll say it again, music heals. Especially if you’re working on making positive personal shifts, music is just so, so, very, very important. If you have a song you’d like to share on the site, send me an email and let me know so that I can feature it. In the meantime, I know you'll enjoy this week's pick!

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