The effects of music on the mind and body are easily recognized by almost everyone, I’m sure.
For example, do you get a better workout in when certain songs are played on the gym speakers, or your personal listening device?
Do certain songs make you feel sad or remind you of special events in your life?
Can a particular song make you smile and turn your entire mood around during a stressful day at work?
I’m not surprised if you answered YES, especially to that last question above.
After all, it’s been said that music calms the “savage beast” within us at our most turbulent moments.
When it seems like there is no escape from stress… we are under siege and ready to wave the white flag…consider taking a break and trying a time-tested elixir of peace and tranquility:)
Oh Oh Ooooh Listen To The Music
When I’m stressed out at work, I often spend my lunch break playing classical music while I kick back and close my eyes.
The effect is quite powerful, and usually turns my entire day around!
In a scientific study, it was shown how classical music helped subjects return to a non-stressed state more quickly than other types of sounds.
It does this by preventing us from getting worn down by prolonged stages of the stress response, which can deplete our vital energy systems.
Listening to sounds of nature also had a positive effect on individuals in this same study.
They displayed the lowest cortisol levels during the test, and since the body responds to stress by releasing this hormone, it is an often used method of measuring stress.
Some other types of relaxing music are Celtic, Native American, flutes and drums, and stringed instruments played by Indians.
The Scientific Proof
Music has a very real effect on us. As I’ve stated above, uptempo tunes can give you more pep and energy, and slower songs help calm the mind down and relax.
But few of us take full advantage of this awesome tool in our battle against stress.
In a study released by Stanford University, researchers there made a very bold statement. They claimed…
“Listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.”
The best part is, anyone can use it! It’s relatively cheap and, because it is a natural remedy, you don’t have to worry about negative side-effects associated with many over-the-counter, pharmaceutical cures for stress.
Another school near my hometown, Wilkes University, also studied how relaxing music can positively affect the immune system.
They found that it increases our levels of IgA, which is a substantial antibody for defending against many diseases.
Additionally, music has successfully been used to assist with pain management by many individuals.
To Each His Own
Music has played a significant role throughout history in healing practices and rituals of culture. It is such a fundamental part of the structure of our lives, that many people can’t imagine living without it.
In this wonderfully diverse world we humans inhabit, personalities differ like snowflakes falling from the sky.
When considering the effects of music, everyone has their own best choices which resonate perfectly within their body, mind, and soul.
We know what pumps us up! Contrarily…We know what mellows us out!
I mostly like to chill out with classical, and my choices probably won’t be the same as yours.
Here’s an example of 5 best stress relief pieces of music that anyone should find relaxing:
-Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
-Mozart: Andante For Flute And Orchestra
-Bach: Prelude And Fugue
-Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16
(I’m sure we’re all pretty familiar with Brahms’ Lullaby, it being one of the most popular choices to play for young children going to sleep)
When we utilize music as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, it may seem easier for some to perform daily tasks.
Even lightly playing classical in the background could help promote a peaceful environment and therefore improve focus and production.
The main thing is, if you’re having a bad day, try to avoid music that will cause more discomfort in your life.
Hard rock songs or other types of hard-driving music, with a negative message, can produce an adrenaline surge.
This, in turn, will increase our stress.
So choose wisely my friends, and let the music carry you away!!!