Today's inspiration is on Quotes about the power of music. Listening to music is said to have many therapeutic effects and benefits. We listen to music for entertainment. Did you know music also has the power to heal, reduce pain, relieve stress and anxiety? Music can help you sleep better, alleviate physical and mental ailments. It can also help with concentration and focus. Not only does music entertain, but also helps cure and heal. The type of music you listen to can help you feel various emotions. You can feel cheerful, upbeat, optimistic, relaxed, let out emotions, de-stress, and even concentrate.
Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. The above words of wisdom from her will resonate with most of us. We notice a great sense of stress relief after physical activities like sports and exercise. Spiritual get-togethers, reading a favorite book, indulging in self-care, spending time doing a creative hobby, and listening to music are other ways to reduce tension and anxiety with long-term satisfaction. As mentioned, the other ways of deriving pleasure from gambling, shopping, or even surfing and playing video games are only temporary and short-lived.
Let us dive into more about how something as simple as listening to music, can do great wonders for stress relief and better health. These inspirational quotes about music will inspire you to listen to music more often simply because of all the benefits you receive.
Music for distraction
Stress has become a part and parcel of our lives these days. If you experience a lot of stress, get easily distracted, and are unable to maintain focus, you may want to try and listen to your favorite music in the background. You will be amazed at how music can make you attentive to what you intend to do. It can divert off the focus from the unwanted stress and thoughts obstructing your work. It will help make you feel better and help focus.
Music helps with productivity
If music can take off distractions and help with focus, it naturally helps with productivity. The kind of music that each one prefers depends on each person, the situation, and the mood. Some may prefer fast, slow, upbeat, sad, or happy music which makes them productive, it's all a personal choice. A better mood will help one bring out their creative side, come up with ideas, find solutions, and complete tasks faster.
Music for better health
Music can help with better and improved health in many ways. Studies have shown that it helps with pain management. We have seen how music helps reduce stress. It is said listening to music helps send competing stimuli to pain signals reaching the brain. This, in turn, can help ease the pain. Music can help agitated patients calm down and have a better mood so they can communicate better. The health care industry has had great benefits from using music therapy for example in geriatric, palliative, intensive care, and oncology patients.
Listening to music can help reduce blood pressure and slow the heartbeat. When blood flow is smooth and easy, stress is decreased and anxiety levels drop low. This is usually seen in patients after a music therapy session. It also triggers the production of immune cells. This in turn helps the immune system to boost up and become stronger. It is also said to help stimulate memories and relieve some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia which do not have any cure.
Music and overall well being
Develop Intuition: Music can help increase one's intuition and self-awareness. It helps improve our power of deep listening. Busy random thoughts can obstruct our sense of awareness and music can help clear out the emotions, thoughts and tap the inner self-consciousness.
Better Sleep: Stress after a day's work or over-excitement can both hamper a good night's sleep. There are many choices of relaxing music these days that can help you wind down. There is a greater chance to wake up relaxed and refreshed if you listen to music before sleeping.
Maintain Youth: Listening to music can even keep you young. Music can help keep your mind sharp, it is one of the most important benefits of listening to music. It is said to develop your brain muscle which in turn keeps you fresh and young and prevents mental aging.
Maintain a healthy weight: Exercising with music on can help increase your workout endurance. A tough exercise session can be easily completed with your favorite music playing. Music with Yoga and Meditation is also of great help. The type of music for each will be different. Did you know playing music while eating can help one eat less? Listening to music helps one slow down and consume less, thus helping reduce weight.
How music helps with anxiety
Many studies suggest that music therapy can reduce feelings of anxiety, for example, in patients undergoing cancer treatment, surgery, or in intensive care units. Music therapy successfully helps many such patients to reduce anxiety as hormones that relieve stress are released. This also explains why waiting rooms at hospitals and clinics have music playing. It can ease the anxiety of an upcoming procedure and help the patients relax.
These are some of the many benefits of listening to music. Music may be the last thing on your mind when going through stressful and tough situations. However knowing all these benefits, listening to music can be incorporated into your routine when possible. Hopefully, it brings about positive changes or at least helps towards reducing stress and anxiety. Thanks for reading and happy listening to music!
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Disclaimer: All opinions in the post are by the author and compiled from various sources for informational purposes and not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.