Music and Mental Health Benefits

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music1Listening to music is a relatively inexpensive, effective activity which can be used in everyday life to improve our mental wellbeing. Lively up beat music can lift the spirits and improve mood and sometimes encourage us to get moving! Similarly calm and soothing music can help us to relax and ease fear and anxiety. Studies suggest, listening to music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in affecting our mood.

Here are some of the psychological benefits of listening to music:

  • Helps improve mood and increase positive emotions
  • Encourages self-expression
  • Improves level of interest
  • Improves social interaction
  • Increases relaxation and reduces tension and anxiety
  • Improves self esteem

Studies also show that music promotes positive overall health and those that listen to music demonstrate:

  • A better night’s sleep
  • Diminished pain
  • Improved memory and recall
  • Increased ability to concentrate
  • Increased mobility and co-ordination

As mentioned above music is something that can be incorporated into your everyday life and is very versatile.  Music can be enjoyed:

  • On your own or in a crowd
  • While doing housework or in the shower
  • While out for a walk or in the car
  • At work or relaxing at home in the evening
  • Going to sleep or awakening
  • While moving/dancing or lying still
  • At home or outdoors

The possibilities for incorporating music into our everyday routines are endless and with the use of modern technology e.g. iPod, iPad, playlists, i tunes, Spotify etc. a wide variety of music and genres have become extremely easy to access. music2

 

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