Mental Health: You can improve with music
Mental health and Music are kind of best friends. Let me take you back to a few decades back. Imagine you are in the 1900s and you hear someone talking about therapy. You will feel confused and curious. Therapy is something that people considered unnecessary, even today. If you tell someone you went to therapy, you will be a freak. But that is far from the truth.
Therapy is for many purposes. People are facing issues about their health, particularly, mental health. Mental health was not something people considered as a severe thing. But what they didn’t realize was that it could cost them lives.
Mental health issues have been increasing over the past decade. People face stress in their personal and professional lives. And when this stress is being ignored, it creates a problem.
There are different ways people deal with stress. Many choose to ignore it, some talk to their near and dear ones. And few turn to therapy. Now, even therapy is of different types. Some visit a psychiatrist, some use homemade methods and the new term in this field is music therapy.
Music for therapy, sounds strange, doesn’t it? Because we people use music for relaxation, and not for therapy. Music is a distraction we use, from our work. But can it cure some diseases? Researchers believe so!
There were many kinds of researches done, and proofs were given that music can help you heal. Patients suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression can enjoy music therapy. The stress can be overwhelming but simple music therapy is very helpful.
But what is music therapy?
Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, and emotional needs of a person. It involves many activities, like listening to music, playing an instrument, etc.
Music therapy affects the mind, body, and soul of a person. And if you have used music therapy earlier, you might have seen a drastic change in you. A music therapy session is designed to keep many factors in mind. The physical health of a person, emotional well-being, and communication skills.
After looking at these factors, then a music therapist designs a session. And that session can be a one-time session or a repetitive session. Music therapy is not only about listening to music but creating and producing music too. This could include composing a song, improvising, or drumming.
Music and sleep
Relaxing music is enough to put anyone to sleep. Soothing music relaxes the mind and lifts the mood. And if you are finding it difficult to fall asleep at night? Just play some relaxing music and see the wonders it might do.
For example- a song named “Weightless” by Marconi Union can reduce anxiety and stress. It is even advised not to listen to it while driving because it can lull you to sleep very quickly!
Benefits of music
There are many benefits to music. Both psychological and physical. These benefits of music can change the behaviors and moods of an individual. They are not only for entertainment and playing at parties. Some of the benefits of music are-
- It can improve cognitive performance.
- It improves your memory
- It helps in managing pain
- It improves motivation
- It helps in increasing endurance.
Music inspires and entertains, but it has many psychological benefits. It can make you a whole new person, making changes that you won’t believe even yourself. It is a powerful tool that many companies are realizing. Many developers are making apps that let you listen to many soothing sounds.
Synctuition is a great example. We recently interviewed the founder of Synctuition here: