Thanks to the effects of music on our bodies, we can fight certain mental illnesses and even improve some physical problems. It doesn’t matter which style we opt for, because they all have positive effects.
It relaxes us, makes us forget the pain, makes us dance, and sings our hearts out… Music tells our story and allows us to forget the past.
Its effect is such that we need it to live longer than we imagine. The music can change our mood in a second color and a gray day.
The music and the mood
The positive effects of music have been known for years. Already at the time of the great philosophers, musical praises were sung to relieve tension.
In wars, some songs or hymns were used to increase the confidence and courage in the soldiers.
Sporting events offer music as an incentive and the same happens in schools: thanks to songs, you learn numbers, the alphabet, etc.
Music is also played in many shops to encourage customers to buy, and the same happens in restaurants so that people eat more.
Music in dental offices serves to reduce the fear of patients and, in elevators, not to get bored.
For these and other reasons, we say that music is not only good for our mood but also increases confidence and deprives us of fear.
Everyone has their own musical tastes, but there are some “universal” styles that have interesting effects. The song of our mothers when we are still in their womb, the melodies we hear when we are children, or those we relate to a pleasant experience are beautiful for everyone.
When we listen to certain pieces of music, we can reduce anxiety, stress, and worries thanks to their calming and relaxing effects.
And we’re not just talking about classical or meditation music, but also about ballads, reggae music, etc.
The ability of certain sounds to reduce negative emotions is extraordinary. While some rhythms are more likely to offer serenity, any style can be therapeutic.
Since music affects our mood, it can be listened to in any situation and at any time.
Music, attention, and sleep
When we went to school, the teachers made us sing melodies to remember some things: colors, animals, countries, etc.
Relating information to a song allows us to remember the data more easily. Plus, it’s a fun way to learn.
On the other hand, there are sounds that can help patients suffering from certain diseases such as, for example, cancer and multiple sclerosis, as well as speed up recovery after surgery, an accident, etc.
When people are sad or depressed, it is difficult for them to overcome their problems. For this reason, music is our great ally.
Listening to certain songs before bed can guarantee us a more relaxing sleep and complete rest.
If you are having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate and come up with a list of relaxing songs to listen to when you go to bed. Keep your eyes closed and breathe deeply. You will see that, in a short time, you will fall into the arms of Morpheus.
When it’s time to wake up, many people opt for quiet, relaxing music, as a complicated day awaits them, while others need accelerated rhythms to wake up right away and activate immediately.
When we are too irritated, angry, or in a bad mood, a little music is the best medicine, as it reduces the hormones that cause stress and increases the ones that generate happiness.
You just have to know how to choose the songs that cause us the most such effects.
Even if you are a fan of rock or electronic music, you should listen to other styles. Such as classical music, jazz, or blues, to relax your nerves and balance your heartbeat.
Effects on the brain
The sounds we are exposed to every day affect our minds. When it comes to a type of music that we like or that makes us feel good, our body releases dopamine.
We also segregate this hormone when we perform a pleasant activity.
By listening to songs you like, the brain activates different areas. For example, the zones of emotional responses, the visual and motor cortex are lit up.
Depending on the rhythm of the song, the left frontal, and parietal cortex, as well as the right hemisphere, are more active.
Time and repetition in listening to music can help:
- Learn a language and increase creativity.
- Treat neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism.
- Treat certain emotional problems: anxiety, sadness, low self-esteem, etc.