Music has a very special power to move us. To stir our emotions. To empower us. Anyone who has ever wiped away tears while listening to a sad song, or sang along to a song with a positive, happy message will understand just how powerful the lyrics and instrumentals can be.
Its been said that both listening to and creating music can have a variety of positive effects on our mood and mental health so you can see why incorporating music in our day to day lives can boost our spirits and let us forget about all the bad that’s going on around us.
How does music boost your mental health?
Focus: Scientific studies have proven that music with a tempo of 60 beats per minute increases the efficiency of your brain in processing information which in turn helps you stay focused. The kind of genre that would help with this would be classical because it incorporates few words while using soft melodies.
Here’s an example of some good study music that’ll help you stay focused:
Self-expression and creativity: Music gives you a way with words. I mean it is technically poetry with background instrumentals. Music can help foster creativity, it may encourage you to pick up an instrument and in doing so it may help you get through a tough time in your life. Different genres will emote different feelings and different expressions. For example, those who have a straight passion and commitment towards punk music may be more inclined to dye their hair an extreme colour or dress far out of what would be considered the norm and that’s pretty cool.
Motivation: Ever dreaded exercising? Or even cleaning up? Well music can definitely motivate you in doing that. According to a study done at Brunel University in West London, they found that music can increase endurance by 15 per cent. Listening to high-intensity, upbeat music will have you not only able to pick up that vacuum, but also dancing around like you’re the only person in the room. And that in and of itself, can promote a positive, healthy attitude.
Bands and songs that will help uplift your mood:
And as an added bonus:
The next time you’re feeling down or need a good lift, download a music sharing app. Find new music, create a few playlists, hit play and lay back.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley
What songs have helped you get out of your rut? Has any song inspired you to start playing an instrument or singing? Leave a comment below and let me know.