Music- The stress reliever 

Introduction

Music has always been a helper to many. It can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. 

Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life.

 A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. It is effective for relaxation and stress management. 

How does Music affect the human body?

Research confirms these personal experiences with it.

Current findings indicate that around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brain waves (frequencies from 8 – 14 hertz or cycles per second). 

This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious.

To induce sleep (a delta brainwave of 5 hertz), a person may need to devote at least 45 minutes, in a relaxed position, listening to calming sound.

Listening to it seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.

Benefits

It can promote relaxation of tense muscles, enabling you to easily release some of the tension you carry from a stressful day (or week).

When you relax your muscles and loosen your body, your mind also relaxes.  This can help you to reduce plenty of tension and stress that you may not have realized you were carrying. 

It can help you get ‘into the zone’ when practicing yoga, self-hypnosis or guided imagery

It can help you feel energized when exercising too. Music can help dissolve the stress when you’re soaking in the tub, and be a helpful part of many other stress relief activities.

 It can take an effective stress reliever and make it even more effective!

Music as Meditation 

It can help your brain get into a meditative state, which carries wonderful stress relief benefits with it. 

For those who find meditation intimidating, listening can be an easier alternative.

Music is easy for kids to enjoy too. So while meditation may be challenging to teach to your kids, putting on the right music can be a way to ease them into a more meditative state without their completely realizing it.

Music develops positive focus

Sounds, especially upbeat tunes, can take your mind off what stresses you, and help you feel more optimistic and positive

This helps release stress and can even help you keep from getting as stressed over life’s little frustrations in the future. 

An uplifting song can also bring the benefits of positive affect. Which can empower you to notice more opportunities and seize them when you can, which can also help with stress relief.

And while we’re on the topic of uplifting music, some happy songs practically force you to dance to them. This type of exercise can be great for stress management, too!

Music Therapy

Because music has the potential to influence us both psychologically and physiologically, it is an important area of therapy for stress management. 

Music therapy can make use of biofeedback, guided imagery, and other established techniques to play an important role in the treatment of people with stress-related disorders.

 But due to the dramatic effects it can have, a trained and knowledgeable music therapist is always required.

Music may help people to identify and express the feelings associated with their stress. In a music therapy session, the client can express these emotions, providing an important cathartic release.

Producing music in an improvisational way to discuss pieces and lyrics in a group. 

It can also help us become more aware of our emotional reactions and share them constructively with the group.

Happy listening!

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