In these times of great stress, loss, and unpredictability, there is one thing that is counted on to help us with our day is the healing power of music. More and more medical professionals are now recognizing the healing and therapeutic power of a good song. Music can help with all aspects of life from brain functions to decreased heart rates and just a few minutes of music a day could have a great impact on your mental health.
For music, one aspect of your health that it impacts in a positive way is your heart. While it’s not the first place we think of when we listen to music, music has a way in making your day a calmer one. Studies show that when you are in silence, your heart rate increases and breathing rate is sped up. Depending on the song, music can help calm you and lower your heart rate. This is done when sound is processed through the brain, which controls the rate of heartbeat and respiration. According to a 2015 study, for those listening to rock music, regardless of tempo, found their heart rate increase. Those listening to classical pieces, found that their heart rate went down. This also allows for lower blood pressure while listening to slower, calmer pieces of music.
As for mental health, there are numerous ways in which music can help improve your life. When working while listening to music, your focus can increase. Classical music with the tempo of 60bpm can also help increase your brain’s ability to process information. The reason for this tempo is that it is the same as a relaxed heartbeat. This type of music activates areas of the brain that are involved with attention and memory allowing for better brain function.
Music can help you relax as songs that are meditative can have a positive effect on our lives. This is done through having music entering our ears and accessing our brains, which help stimulate functions linked to positive emotions. The result ends up creating a positive mood for individuals.
Music has the power to greatly heal your life in small but effective ways. Let me know if you have experienced healing through music and share your experience with us.