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How Does Music Affect Our Health and Mood?

Many people find music relaxing; this is because it allows you to switch off from your current activities and unwind. Music can be listened to whilst you are performing other tasks. If you choose to listen to it whilst doing nothing else you will appreciate the music more. The simplicity of listening to just music allows your brain to focus on the words and the symphony; you may be surprised at how this can affect your mood and your health.

Mood Control

The right tune is different for everyone but, once you start playing your preference it will quickly become obvious. Most people have the urge to dance to certain types of music; this may be because of the memories they bring back or simply because you feel uplifted.

This is the crux of the matter. Music has been shown to affect specific brain circuits. In particular it reacts with the emotional circuits in your brain. This can result in an uplifting experience. However, it can also affect you adversely! Troubled or scary music can convince your brain that something bad is going to happen. You will immediately react; ready for the unexpected. It is this emotional connection to music that many movies rely on to enhance the experience and ensure you are connected to the plot.

This emotional link is also visible when you see a child and their parent bonding. It has been discovered that the hormone oxytocin can be released when you listen to uplifting music. This is the hormone which encourages bonding between parents and children. In a very direct way the right music can bring you closer to your child!

Irritating

Another good example of the way that music can affect your mood is when you are forced to listen to tunes which are either too loud or not to your acquired tastes. This can simply be a result of living with grown up children or may be connected with an unruly neighbor. When you are forced to listen to music you do not enjoy your mood will change; for the worse.

It is highly likely that you will become irritable and even angry. Unfortunately in extreme circumstances this can even lead you to undertake actions that you would never normally contemplate.

Loudness

Loud music can also lead to frustration and leave you feeling very dejected! It can even be loud because you are playing the music. The issue involves concentrating on the music as it distracts you from the task in hand. As time progresses you will become more aware that you have less time left to finish the task and the music continues to distract you. The result is a frustration and even anger. Both of these emotional responses can result in unusual behavior.

Invigorating

You will almost certainly be aware that the right music can get your heart and body racing. This will result in you exercising faster and harder. The music will uplift you and invigorate you; leaving you feeling like you could take on the world!

This can be very useful when undertaking a physical or even emotional challenge.

Health

There have been many different studies conducted into music and its affect on your health. The following can be positively affected by listening to music:

Stress

There is no doubt that stress is a killer. High levels of stress have been linked with a multitude of terminal illnesses such as cancer, coronary issues and even Alzheimer’s. Reducing the stress you are under should be an aim for every person; sadly many never feel like have the time.

However, listening to music can have a positive effect on your health. The surprising fact is not that music can help but that it is angry music that helps the most in stressful situations; it redirects your anger and frustration allowing the body to calm.

Memory

Tests on the affects of music on memory have been conducted for several years. It now seems to be apparent that music can be extremely beneficial when dealing with memory issues. Alzheimer’s patients have shown massive improvements in their awareness of their surroundings simply by playing them an individual playlist which contains songs from before their memory was disappearing.

Alongside this, research shows that music can help you to learn things. This approach is frequently demonstrated at school where you will probably remember learning something as simple as the alphabet via the ABC song. Music makes the task easier and more enjoyable and improves the ability of the memory to recall the necessary information.

Improved Attention

The digital world is said to be shortening the average attention time span. People are able to access so much information that they will flit from one thing to another; without finishing one task. The brain simply cannot deal with so many different activities and possibilities!

However, if you play a song that you enjoy you will find yourself listening to it all the way through; you may even find yourself singing along! The affect of this music is to increase your average attention span; this will help, in many areas of life.

Silence

If a song has a silent pause in it then your brain will go into overdrive. It will instantly try to work out what went wrong or what is going to happen next. This dramatically improves your brain’s ability to predict impending events; the health benefits of this are huge!

Pain

Music can be very effective at reducing pain in your body; definitely a positive way to affect your health! The music needs to be relaxing; and this may depend upon your personal tastes. This will make you feel better and encourage your body to release endorphins. These are the hormones which make you feel happy. However, they are also very effective pain killers

In fact, there are many different ways in which music can help you to feel healthy. The ability to make you feel good and reduce your blood pressure can help to prevent strokes and even headaches. Listening to music is something which should be done on a daily basis!