Music For Medicine
Music can increase dopamine levels which instantly improves mood, affects breathing and heart rate, and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Emotional memory is tied to music and can trigger past feelings and emotions, almost as if you are being transported back in time.
While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain, says psychologist Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, who studies the neuroscience of music at McGill University in Montreal.
Listening to songs that have a positive association for you can significantly improve mood. Create a playlist of songs that make you happy can have a huge impact on emotions and can be a powerful memory stimulant.
Listening to songs with a slower tempo can help to calm the nerves. Neurologically Based ‘Music For Medicine’ Helps Stressed-Out Medical Staff and Caregivers Recover Along with Patients. This new “music-for-medical-healing” program is immediately available, free of charge, as a way to help combat the stress and anxiety encountered on a daily basis, and hopefully reduce staff resignations, while also helping their patients of all ages, in all types of care facilities.
You don’t need to be a musician to play music. Remember that music is a fundamental component of being human. If music is something that you enjoy and you are interested in becoming a better singer, pianist, guitarist or trumpeter, take heart in knowing that these are just skills. Skills that can be learned.
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