“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ― Albert Schweitzer
I couldn’t imagine my life without music. It moves me emotionally, it sometimes makes me want to dance around my living room,
it transports me to other dimensions in my mind by stimulating my imagination and sometimes….. if it’s that bad, I just want to turn it off!! (By the way. Jasper told me to put in the above quote!)
So, the health benefits.
- Positively affects our moods. Hearing music we like causes the brain to release dopamine that makes us feel better.
- Reduces stress, if we listen to music which has low tempo, low pitch and no lyrics.
- Improves exercise. Studies suggest that music can enhance aerobic exercise.
- Improves memory. Studies indicate that the repetitive elements of rhythm and melody help our brains form patterns that enhance memory. In a study of stroke survivors, listening to music helped them experience more verbal memory, less confusion and better focused attention.
- Eases pain. In studies of patients recovering from surgery, those who listened to music before, during or after surgery had less pain and more overall satisfaction compared with patients who did not listen to music as part of their care. Music therapy has also been used to help enhance communication, coping and expression of feelings such as fear, loneliness, and anger in patients who have a serious illness and who are in end-of-life care.
- Improves cognition. Listening to music can also help Alzheimer’s sufferers remember seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some mental health abilities.
- Improves sleep. A study showed that students who listened to relaxing classical music for 45 minutes before going to bed slept significantly better those students who did nothing from their normal routine.
- Lifts mood when driving. A study in the Netherlands found that listening to music can positively impact our minds while we drive.
I think you may have gathered, I love music! Always have and always will. My earliest memories of music is when my parents bought a ‘Summer Nights’ single. I loved it and still can watch ‘Grease’ over and over again.
I use to record songs on the radio on to a cassette, (Yes. I’m that old!), and can remember getting frustrated when the DJs use to talk over the end of songs.
I had a keyboard and use to spend hours plonking on it. Consequently, I can read music a little bit, though I’m not a musician, unlike my great grandad who, lucky for my family and I, rejected an invitation to play on the Titanic!
As I grew up and went to parties etc. I loved dancing to the classics like ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Come on Eileen’. No matter what mood I’m in, I always feel better after listening to certain songs.
I have listened to classical music when studying because I found it helped me to concentrate. I love listening to music in my car because I feel cocooned from the world when I’m driving. Of course, I sing along as well. Luckily, nobody can hear me!
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