This article is by Will Tottle. He explores how Music and mental health are deeply connected, and is something that we all feel a bond with. It resonates with the deepest part of our very being, and it has the power to lift us from even the most crippling levels of darkness and despair. Music is a way to feel new emotions and process ones that you are having difficulty with, and while the art of listening to music in order to improve your mental health is one with a few rules, it is ultimately one of the best choices. Here are some of the ways that music might be able to help your mental health.
Music and Anxiety
Anxiety can be a tough one to beat, especially if you can’t shake the feeling of impending doom or crippling fear. However, when you listen to music, you get taken to a whole new plane of existence where you can relax a little and let the rhythm take you. It lowers your cortisol levels, decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, and stress, keeping you calm and tranquil. The longer you spend sitting back and listening to tunes, the better you will end up feeling.
Music and Depression
When you are stuck in a rut and depression kicks in it can be all-consuming. It’s not pleasant, and it can be even harder to break out of. Depression means that you have an imbalance of serotonin in the brain, and music can help to produce more of it – boosting your mood even in the smallest way. If you take some time to relax and listen to the music, the songs will help to make you feel happier inside, calming you down and just letting you forget everything except for the song that is playing.
The Best Music to Listen to
The next question, of course, is the music that you should be listening to. What is the best genre or style? Are the songs you listen to at the moment enough? There is something for every kind of mental health issue, but as that would take a while to get through, we’re just going to take a quick look at the best music for anxiety and depression.
For anxiety, Marconi Union’s Weightless is the perfect song. It is made up of a series of harmonies that have been carefully arranged and consist of beats and rhythms that have been designed to slow your heart rate and reduce the amount of cortisol being produced by your body. Similarly, music with a slow and steady beat will work just as well.
If you are listening to music while feeling depressed, research shows that sad songs are not what you should be playing. You may love them, but they could be making you feel worse instead of better. They can lower your mood, and so the best choice would be to play something that is more upbeat and positive.
If you take a look at the research, it is clear that music can be incredibly helpful when we are suffering as a result of our mental health conditions. It can be hard to try and overcome them, but managing your mental health is the first step towards success. Music leaves you feeling calmer, with a clearer mind that is ready for action.
If this a topic that you found interesting, or one that you would like to learn more about, we have written a detailed article on mental health, music, and the effect it has. It’s worth having a look at, and you can learn so much about it.
About the Author
Will Tottle is a freelance writer & blogger. If you are interested in more information on music therapy, audio guides and gear reviews, be sure to check out Will’s audio guides here.
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