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 lessons . Similar 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.
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.
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.
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.