When you are having a bad day and your favourite song comes on it makes you smile and feel good. If you’re training whilst listening to an upbeat song it gives you the motivation to work harder. But the amazing health benefits of music don’t stop there. As Music is the strongest form of magic and listening to it regularly can benefit us both physically and psychologically throughout our entire lives.
Mental Health Benefits of Music
Music is great for uplifting our current mood and listening to a song that you enjoy triggers your brain to release that happy chemical dopamine that makes you feel really good.
Listening to your favourite music makes you feel good and can help reduce stress. It can even change the whole way you look at your current situation in the world by increasing optimism. Music is also a great tool to keep anxiety at bay and can even help relieve depression.
Helps Relaxation and Sleep
Lying back on your sofa whilst just listening to your favourite songs can help you de-stress and un-wind and forget about all the troubles in your life.
Soothing music calms and relaxes you and slows down your breathing and heart rate. Listening to relaxing music before you go to bed can also help you sleep better and more deeply. Music can calm you and lower your heart rate and blood pressure
Can Benefit Cardiovascular Health
A study from Oxford University showed that listening to slow quiet classical music can have a tremendous soothing effect on our body. It can play a large part in helping to fight chronic stress by lowering the cortisol hormone levels that is released by the adrenal glands and therefore also reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
Studies have also shown it can help us deal with pain and ease muscle tension as well as reduce stress and anxiety, so is therefore often played to patients undergoing surgical operations as well as throughout their pre and post-operation care.
A Good Tune Boosts Your Immune System
Science has shown that the Immune system can benefit greatly from music as it increases levels of an important anti-body Immunoglobulin A, that is present in different parts of our body such as our digestive tract and lungs and helps prevent infections.
By listening to music we also have an increased number of special cells called ‘natural killer cells’ that attack bacteria, infection and cancerous cells. Research has shown that music is processed in a certain part of the brain that can boost the immune system and our emotional state by altering the brains chemicals and hormones.
Increase Your Learning & Concentration
Music can play an important part throughout the whole of our lives from before we are even born to when we reach old age. It has even been claimed that live music can improve the health of premature babies especially their heart and lung functions.
Listening to some of your favourite music helps improve your cognitive performance and can make it easier to concentrate and focus on the task at hand. Music increases motivation and can help when you are learning new things and remembering information by expanding your working memory capacity.
Music helps keep our brains healthy in old age and music therapy is often used to help treat people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There have also been cases where the use of music has greatly helped people with speech impediments.
Music Can Even Help You Eat less
The soft music and lights in nice restaurants might set the ambiance but that soft music has a calming effect on you so can actually make you eat less. So, yes music can even help you lose weight, if you regularly listen to tunes that lower your stress levels, calm you down and make you feel good you are less likely to start craving junk food.
Music Benefits Your Training
Motivational music makes you want to get up and start training, if you’re out walking, walk faster or start jogging. Runners and cyclists who listen to music tend to go faster or for longer. Your favourite upbeat songs can motivate you to train more intensely or for a greater duration with more enthusiasm.
Listening to music can also help speed up recovery after working out as it reduces the stress and helps relax the muscle tension. It can also help you go into a near meditative state whilst stretching out therefore helping you to relax completely and clear your mind more easily.
Regularly listening to good music can have the same effect on your brain that regular exercise has on your body, as it can keep your brain fit and healthy for your whole lifetime. So what better combination can there be than to regularly work out listening to your favourite uplifting tunes
As you can see the health benefits of music are pretty amazing and I can’t imagine life without it. I listen to music practically every day, it motivates me to get up and train and continue doing so when the going gets tough. I listen to it when doing mundane tasks throughout the day and when I’m trying to find inspiration. I also find it is a great way to de-stress and relax and listen to my favourite soothing tunes when stretching or relaxing.
If you are also a music lover and would like to share different ways that music helps you throughout your life I’d love to hear them so please leave a comment below.