Music Improves Your Health
Music helped us get through the pandemic
There is something about hearing your favorite song on the radio that can suddenly turn a boring commute into an exciting adventure. And it’s almost magical how listening to your playlist can turn a bad day into a good night. Music is powerful. It affects our brains, bodies, and social connections.
The pandemic brought most social activities to a halt for over a year. We weren’t allowed to eat in restaurants, exercise in gyms, meet with friends or visit with family. Many of us were left feeling bored, anxious, and lonely. Fortunately, we were still able to access music and we used it to cope which in turn helped our mental health.
Music improves our mental health
Music can have profound effects on our physical and psychological well-being. It can lessen pain, reduce depression, and decrease anxiety. This is why music therapy is often used as a strategy to treat a variety of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social issues. Of course, you don’t need a detailed study to recognize the benefits of music. You have probably already noticed that listening to or creating music helps you feel better.
Here are some things you can gain from music:
- Relaxation – Music helps stop us from thinking about unpleasant things and relax our brains and bodies instead.
- Inspiration/spirituality – Some people like to listen to religious music and others feel that listening to any music is a spiritual experience for them.
- Boost in mood – Some people enjoy listening to songs that remind them of the best times in their lives. Others say that certain genres of music lift their spirits.
The stress of the pandemic combined with stay-at-home orders left many people reaching for music to help them get through tough times. Many even started playing music by learning an instrument. While we may have different reasons for turning to music and how we process that music, most people use music as a way to heal and take away stress.
Some people used music as a solitary activity by playing it as background noise while they went about their daily lives. Others used music as a means to connect with people. Others still went ahead and began taking guitar lessons and learning how to make their own music.
Clearly, music has the ability to help us feel better. If we understand our moods and the type of music that can help us regulate our feelings, there’s no telling what we can accomplish. It was a coping skill that helped many people deal with the emotional turmoil of the pandemic. Listening to upbeat songs might be the key to helping you feel happier. Playing music might just send you to the moon!