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10 Psychological Benefits of Music for Mind, Body, and Soul

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You have likely heard the term “Music is the food of the soul.” Science has proven that our emotional mind and physical body can get energized and fortified by listening to music. Read on for more benefits of music.

 

1. Reducing Anxiety and Depression

Music has a positive effect on our mental state, reducing anxiety and lifting depression. Research shows that even when depressed people listen to music, they show less neurotic behavior and become more willing to interact with others. Music affects the release of hormones such as adrenaline; decreasing these hormones relieves the body from anxiety.

 

2. Improving Memory and Concentration

Listening to music increases the brain’s frontal lobe activity, responsible for memory and concentration. Music can evoke strong emotions in the listener. We can infer that music is involved in forming memories. It could be true of memories or information associated with specific pieces of music.

 

Also, studies have shown that focused attention can be improved by listening to favorite music every day. An example is when you listen to your favorite music while working on a project, you can concentrate longer without becoming distracted by other thoughts or noises around you.

 

3. Improves Your Workout

Music can boost your energy levels and make you feel more alert in general. It helps balance the heart rate and blood pressure for longer periods. This extra energy could help you perform better at work or exercise more effectively. It can also help you block out aches and pains during a workout, which allows you to push to the next level of training. For example, runners listen to music while they run, so they don’t feel the burn as much.

 

4. Stress Relief

Music can reduce stress and tension. You won’t get rid of all your worries, but you can find a way to deal with them better by listening to the right kind of music. Music can be used as a tool for relaxation and healing purposes and can help treat several mental disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. According to The Moments which offers Alzheimer’s and Dementia Programs in Minneapolis, caregivers for patients with such disorders also experience extreme stress, and thus listening to their favorite tunes can help manage their stress.

 

5. Boosts Mood and Self Confidence

Listening to music helps build self-confidence because it makes people feel good about themselves and how they look; this is especially true if they are overweight and listen to songs with positive lyrics about body image and self-esteem in general. Additionally, music has a profound impact on our mood. When we are sad or depressed, we listen to happy songs or feel-good music.

 

6. Increase Creativity

Listening to music is an enjoyable activity that helps us relax and forget about all life problems for some time. It is often said that human beings cannot be creative unless relaxed. In one study published in the Journal of Creative Behavior, participants received background noise or classical music while performing a task requiring creative thinking. Those who listened to classical music performed better on the job than those who listened to white noise.

 

7. Reduce Fatigue

Listening to music can help to reduce fatigue and increase motivation while performing tasks. It may even help us perform at our peak when we need to work long hours without sleep. Many people listen to music when doing physical activities such as cleaning the house. Music helps them continue the activity longer because it makes them less tired.

 

8. Reduce Pain and Increase Pain Tolerance

Studies have shown that patients who listen to their favorite type of music while having dental work done or during surgery experience less pain than those who do not listen to music. Research has also shown that people’s pain threshold is higher when listening to music.

 

9. Music Heals the Soul

Music is a direct link between the heart and soul that reaches every fiber of our being. When we hear a favorite song, it brings back memories that make us smile. The feelings attached to those memories are healing because they remind us of better times in our lives.

 

10. Helps You Sleep Better

Children sleep better from listening to lullabies and gentle rhythms. Luckily, people from other age groups get quality sleep after listening to soothing tunes. It allows your brain to slow down after a long day. It also helps you enter the Alpha state more quickly. The Alpha state allows your mind to run through the events of your day without focusing on them.

 

Conclusion

Music is proven to have so many benefits for the mind and body. Today, it isn’t uncommon for an individual to be addicted to specific music genres or music artists. If you have good taste in music, it may be good for your health.

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

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