Most of us listen to at least some music every day, and usually just because we enjoy it. But aside from simple enjoyment, listening to music has a number of other benefits, which include improving your health and and mood.
Certain music can help us concentrate and focus. Music that has no effect on your emotions can help focus a wandering mind. If you are having trouble getting to work on an important project or assignment, then you can use music to help yourself focus.
It may sound absurd, but music can act as a natural pain reliever. Music distracts your mind by tapping into your emotions. It is best to listen to music you are familiar with and have an emotional connection to when you are trying to alleviate pain.
A lot of us listen to music while working out, which can actually help increase endurance. Music that has a consistent bass line can help with timing. In general, music helps divert our attention away from the pain we may be feeling associated with exercise.
Music can also assist in reducing stress and anxiety. If you are feeling overwhelmed or nervous, take some time to either relax to some calming music or dance around to your favorite jam. Either way, you'll feel much more calm and ready to take on whatever challenges come your way.
Improve Sleep Quality
Sounds, ambient music, and classical music are the best option if you are using music to improve your sleep quality. These genres tend to have a calming effect on our minds and bodies. Our heartbeat and breathing can sync up to the speed of the music; so slower, calmer sounds/music can slow our body down as well.
I'm sure it is no surprise that music has the potential to change our moods. Listening to upbeat music or music that you are fond of can increase your positive mood. Music can also distract us from any negative feelings we are experiencing.
When you hear a song from your past, it can make you recall certain childhood memories. Childhood, for some of us, was a carefree time filled with joy and innocence. As an adult, it is healthy to remind ourselves of that feeling, especially during times of stress.
Improve Cognitive Performance
Similar to the effect music has to help us concentrate and focus, music can be a huge help when performing a cognitive task, like studying. Listening to music you prefer while performing a cognitive activity can distract and hinder you, but calming music will both help you focus on the task and actually inspire more ideas.
Relieve Symptoms of Depression
Music has a strong impact on our emotions, so listening to a favorite song can increase your positive mood and can even help fight fatigue, depression, and/or boredom.
Our nervous system connects with music and prepares the body for action. Listening to music with a fast pace can speed up our heart rate and breathing, which can be helpful when you feel you need a pick-me-up.
While music can energize us, it also has the power to soothe and relax us, whether your listening to a song, playing an instrument, or singing. Slower and more melodic songs are best at this. Next time you need a little break, make some tea and listen to some calming music.