That’s right – music isn’t just a luxury, it actually benefits your health. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Stress relief – Listening to music can significantly improve a person’s mood and enhance a relaxed state of mind, which relieves stress and can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Since stress is a well known cause of disease, inflammation, and illness, combating stress is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. Make it a goal to find 4 or 5 kinds of music that you enjoy listening to on a regular basis. Everyone has different taste that suits their individual needs and moods, so have fun finding what fits your personality the best.
Ease pain – When you are enjoying listening to music, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel good” hormone, which helps relieve pain. Music can also help distract you from physical pain which helps make it less bothersome. When we focus on a problem it tends to seem worse, so taking your mind off of it is a great practice for making the pain feel less bothersome.
Improve sleep – Research has shown that listening to certain types of music for ~45 minutes before going to bed prevents (or eliminates altogether) insomnia. It puts your mind in a relaxed state, helps your brain shut up (for those of you who struggle with overthinking), and creates a calm, happy atmosphere in your mind to help you drift off. I know that for me personally, listening to calming music for an hour before I fall asleep helps me fall asleep easier and sleep harder than I would without music.
Heart health – In some cases, listening to music can lower blood pressure. It has also been shown to improve circulation, which offers all kinds of benefits to every area of your body by bringing oxygen and nutrients to your organs. When you listen to calming music, it relaxes your mind and body, which eases hypertension as well. And by relieving mental stress, music relieves the physical stress that puts on your heart.
Eat less – Eating in a relaxed environment can help you eat less and savor each bite more. When you aren’t rushed to get through a meal, you eat at a slower, healthier rate, which not only makes you enjoy your meal more, it also makes you feel full faster, which means you consume less calories. So if you’re looking for a healthy way to curb an excessive appetite, try playing soft music while you eat your meals. Take your time and enjoy the entire meal, rather than hurrying through it.
Try incorporating music into your lifestyle this week – whether you put on soft music while you eat, listen to your favorite songs before bed, or just have background music on while you work. Comment below to let me know what difference it makes for you!