For many, music is a constant. You were likely enjoying as a young child, through your teenage years, and then into adulthood.
It can trigger fond memories, provide enjoyment and excitement, stimulate connection, and induce exercise and stress relief. Music can be truly magical stuff.
And it has health value, too.
There is plenty of research to suggest the health benefits of music. Studies have shown it can help with brain development in premature babies; reduce stress and boost immune system function; ease pain; enhance workouts and aid in Alzheimer’s treatment.
Because it can lead to social connection, singing, and dancing, it may also help with anxiety, depression, and isolation. Even as people were stuck inside during pandemic lockdowns, music was bringing people together through live streams and living room dance parties.
The studies are great to add some meat to the benefits of music, but do you really care? Why not try it for yourself and bless your ears with some of your favourite sounds? Maybe even try listening to some music that you’ve never heard before?
There is a whole world of music out there. It’s one of the things virtually every culture across the earth practices and has a unique approach to,
You can maximize your use (and enjoyment) of music by creating both an upbeat and downbeat playlist.
Upbeat songs can help lift spirits and help the time go by faster when you’re feeling bored and down. It can also push fatigue to the side and stimulate activity. This type of music can also help boost intensity during exercise.
Downbeat music can help to reduce stress, help you rest or get ready for sleep, or calm nerves and promote relaxation. It might be even more effective when used with breathing exercises and mindfulness.
And, of course, it’s always good to have your favourite songs, past and present, easily accessible to provide a charge or trip down memory lane when you need it.