The physical and mental benefits of listening to music.  For most people, listening to music is an enjoyable activity. Music has the capacity to improve your mood and alleviate negative symptoms when you are depressed, stressed or unable to sleep.

Any type of music can boost your spiritual, mental and physical health; it is simply therapeutic. Music provides you with a unique source of strength and comfort.  Additionally, music is food for the soul. Below are some tested and proven physical and mental benefits of music.

Music alleviates depression

It is not easy to deal with depression; when you are depressed; a lot of things go through your mind.  Often, depression requires some kind of intervention like talk therapy, music or antidepressants to recover. Unfortunately, when people say things like “please don’t be sad”
or “don’t feel depressed”
it amplifies the situation. 

Research has proven that music can treat depression both in teens and adults. This is why some people who are depressed are encouraged to take music lessonsSimilar results have shown music helped boost the interpersonal skills and self-esteem of depressed persons.

Music improves immune system

Stress weakens your immune system and can result in a wide range of diseases and illnesses.  However, music has the capacity to regulate your body’s production of cortisol.  If you want to improve your immune system today start listening to your favorite tunes.  

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Developed interaction within the brain

Multiple studies have shown those who play music have a better interaction between the left and right sides of their brains. It improves brains function and boosts a certain neurotransmitter known as dopamine.

Music is responsible for the feel-good state that comes from having an orgasm, eating chocolate etc.  Further research has shown that playing music with friends, colleagues and loved ones stimulate the  ‘moral molecule’  which helps build trust and bond with others.

Improved Physiology

Listening to music leads to physiological changes in the body. Researchers have discovered music offers a lot of therapeutic conditions from lowering blood pressure, improving respiration, muscular relaxation, relieving stress, reducing anxiety, reducing pain, stimulating movement, influencing mood and lowering heart rate.

Music improves positive emotion

For many people, music is the best way to enhance the mood.  Listening to your favorite tunes can brighten an already radiant day. If you connect with music, you will notice a transformational impact on your emotions. Music is an activity that can help you experience greater joy, revive your energy and connect with others.

When music is played during celebrations we can immediately sense a change in energy.  Music creates the moment, just as it does in the world of entertainment.   As the accompaniment to commercials, movies, television and radio shows, when people hear the music it creates a memory and/or  triggers childhood memories in one’s life capturing that moment.  Music will always play a unique role in people’s lives.

Reduced heart rate

Music has the capacity to reduce blood pressure, slow heart rate, stimulate the mind and decrease cortisol stress levels at a superlative level. So, make an effort to listen to your preferred music daily.  

Relaxed muscle tension

Listening to music will help to declutter your mind and relax tense muscles. It also helps with sinus infections from allergies, colds, and migraines.

Research confirmed, listening to music at 60 beats per minute can make your brain synchronize with the beat, thereby resulting in alpha brainwaves.  Which is what we experience when we are conscious and relaxed. Also, listening to calming music for about 45 minutes can induce sleep in both teens and adults. Music is a veritable stress reduction tool.


In conclusion

It has been scientifically proven that music boosts our mood, and helps lower the risk for brain disorders like Alzheimers. This works in all stages of life, young or old.  Researchers have also proven the healing effects of music includes, releasing endorphins, improves postpartum well-being, enhances an anti-seizure effect and boosts recovery for post-stroke victims.

Whether you are studying or working, playing music around you can serve as a performance enhancer; it will decrease your pain and improve blood flow. Music enables you to ward off the dangerous effects of aging, improve your mood, and enhance your cognitive abilities.

I would like to thank my guest blogger Curtis Dean.

Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. The effective teaching methods at Sage create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.

Who Is Kathy Kaehler?

 Meet Celebrity Health, Fitness & Nutrition Spokesperson – Kathy Kaehler

Helping people learn how to be happier, healthier and bolder through health, fitness and inner beauty,  Kathy Kaehler is unstoppable in her commitment to empower women who are entering midlife, but unwilling to let their fit, fabulous and sexy selves go.

Through her definitive LA Talk Radio show/podcast “Kathy Kaehler Live!,”  audiences love Kathy for her willingness to be honest and get real when it comes to stress, nutrition, positive living, personal growth, and the really important stuff like sleep, sex and satisfaction.

In addition to her radio show, Kathy’s personal training programs, best-selling books, and wildly-popular blog articles (you never know what she’ll say next!), Kathy gives women the inspiration and resources they need to take back control of their lives and know that it’s never too late to create the life they dream of.

No stranger to transforming people’s lives, Kathy has spent the last 30 years working out, teaching, training, and cooking side-by-side with health, fitness and positive-living icons like Jane Fonda, Katie Couric, Leeza Gibbons, and the Kardashians. When Kathy faced a double hip replacement in her late 40s, she took a big risk and opened up to her audience, sharing through her blog the fears, nasty scars, and everyday struggles as she worked through them, never holding back. These emotionally-charged stories allow her audience to see and connect emotionally with her as a real-life person. Here is someone who understands, shares the same worries and struggles, and best of all, really, truly CARES.

When Kathy spontaneously offered to connect with readers on the phone as she recovered from her surgery, women from around the world reached out, grateful to know they weren’t alone, and eager to share their struggles with someone they knew they could trust. Working one-on-one, Kathy taps into her lifetime of experience to provide them with the right nutrition, exercise and healthy-living solutions to create the abundant, fabulous life they deserve.

This passion for transforming her own struggles into positive and realistic health and fitness support that fits into the real world has truly resonated and, after 30 years of helping people, Kathy revels in the transformations she’s witnessing as she helps women take back control of their bodies, their lives, and the role they play in this world.

When she’s not on the phone or the radio helping women get fit and sexy, you can find Kathy hanging out with her three sons, cuddling with her husband of 23 years, or taking selfies with her bulldog, Red.

If you’re thinking to yourself, I know I’ve seen her somewhere before, you probably have:

Kathy has helping everyone from the soccer mom to the celebrity superstar, and you’ve probably heard of her in one of the following ways: As a personal trainer to the stars, Kathy has worked with Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Denise Richards, Claudia Schiffer, and Kim Basinger. She is the creator of Sunday Set-Up,™ a signature system for organizing food at the beginning of the week, ensuring healthy snacks and meals make it to the table all week long. Her books include “Teenage Fitness,” “Fit and Sexy for Life,” “Kathy Kaehler’s Celebrity Workouts,” and “Momenergy,” and she writes for magazines and multimedia sites including Huffington Post, Self, InStyle, Us Weekly, Shape, Fitness, Family Circle, Health, More, and Woman’s Day. She’s the leading health and fitness spokesperson for USANA and has worked with other high-profile brands including Pretzel Crisps, Propel, Ragu, and Serta. And her LA Talk Radio Show, “Kathy Kaehler Live!,” continuously features leading experts and influencers including Nikki Sharp, Lee Woodruff, Dr. Jennifer Berman, Keri Glassman, and “Food Babe” Vani Hari.