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Can Music Therapy Improve My Mood And Help My Depression?

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Relaxation And Stress Relief With Music Therapy

We all enjoy listening to music. Music is an ancient art that has been a part of human society throughout all of history and beyond. It turns out that music can have a positive effect on your stress levels. Listening to the right kind of music can be an essential relaxation technique.

How can I get music therapy?

Music therapy can start wherever you are. If you already have a music playback device and access to a library of music, you can start listening. However, you may want to take care when it comes to making your music selections. Not all music that you may enjoy will help with stress reduction and your overall mental health. When you do organize a working playlist of therapy music, you will be ready to enjoy relaxing with music. Listening to good music can take away your anxiety, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and improve your hormone levels, particularly cortisol.

What kinds of music are best?

Controlled trials have been done by music therapists to determine how music can affect stress responses. Scientists in the field of music therapy have used meta-analysis to evaluate many studies of music listening. Music-based studies have shown that existing libraries of classical music can be highly therapeutic. Beneficial classical music includes music by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, and more. Additionally, there are popular modern music genres that can work for you as well. It is a personal decision in which music promotes a positive mood for you. I recommend evaluating music that has a slow and steady tempo and does not cause you to have negative thoughts or feelings at all. Music that you find to be inspirational can be helpful as well.

Are there sound recordings that experts use in music therapy that have direct effects on stress and anxiety?

Specially designed collections of sounds that music therapists combine with music improve anxiety, depression, and even pain. These sounds are often pulsing beats that are set to specific frequencies to entrain brainwaves. These recordings can use a technique known as binaural beats, where different tones are played in each ear to cause the brain to interpret a beat frequency. As an alternative, pulsing beats known as isochronic beats can be played in the open air and can work even for people who have a hearing loss in one ear. Music therapists agree that using sound to affect brain function to reduce stress and pain is an effective form of music therapy. Sacred Acoustics is a company that has proven recordings that have a positive effect on stress levels. Harvard neurosurgeon and best-selling author, Dr. Eben Alexander, endorses these recordings and uses them for his own inner exploration of spirituality.

Stress and anxiety are serious issues.

We must take stress reduction more seriously. Allowing our bodies to suffer from ongoing stress can lead to serious physical illness. Relaxation is something that we need to focus on more in our lives. By ignoring this and not relaxing regularly, we risk a variety of physical disorders and symptoms. Music therapy can be the perfect solution to improve our stress levels. In addition to working with a therapist, stress management with music therapy can make a big difference in our overall health.

Enjoy deep breathing, meditation, and music therapy.

While you can enjoy relaxing music on the go, in the car, while working out in the gym, and in bed before going to sleep, you may also want to consider using music as part of a regular meditation routine. The music you pick for meditation mustn’t be distracting. It should be something that promotes relaxation. Find something with a slow and steady beat. There are unique musical albums designed for meditation and deep breathing exercises. These albums can be an excellent form of stress reduction. 

Pain and stress go hand in hand.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may have noticed that your pain is worse when you have a higher stress level. Improving your stress and pain levels is where therapy with sound and music can be an essential part of your treatment for chronic pain. Emotion and physical symptoms are connected. By using music and sound for stress management, your pain levels will improve as well as your overall well-being.

Post-traumatic stress can also respond to music therapy.

While PTSD is a severe condition that requires medical and therapeutic intervention, it is a good idea to consider how music may improve your quality of life if you live with this disorder. Long-term stress-related conditions respond well to music interventions. Ask your mental health professional about the therapeutic benefits of music therapy.

Make your music for self-expression. 

In addition to listening to music, creating your music can also be a form of music therapy. If you are recovering from a trauma or experiencing ongoing stress in your life, playing an instrument can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities, in addition to regular exercise and meditation. What if you don’t play an instrument? Now is an excellent time to get started! Don’t worry about being good right now. Even the process of learning how to play music can be a form of music therapy. I highly recommend that you start learning how to play an instrument if you do not already play one. If you do play music already, but you are out of practice, now is a great time to get back to playing. In addition to playing music, composing and creating your music is a great way to relieve stress and achieve relaxation and elevated mood. Creating something new, such as a new piece of music, will also give you a feeling of accomplishment.

Live music can also reduce anxiety and stress.

When was the last time you went to a live concert or performance? Has it been a long time? The energy and excitement of live music can reduce your symptoms of depression and anxiety in the short-term. And, it will leave you with a lasting memory of a unique experience. Every live music performance is unique and different. Therapists agree that it is good for us to get out of our homes and engage in social activities in the world, including attending live music events.

In conclusion, music should be an essential part of your life.

As we can see from the focus of large tech companies on providing music services and large music libraries for streaming, music is vital to nearly everyone. While you may already listen to music daily, you may want to start focusing specifically on the music to which you listen. Does your music help to calm your stress and anxiety? You don’t need music therapists to choose your music for you. Find what works best. We are all different. You may get the best result from Bach or Mozart, or maybe modern jazz or new age works best. Take your time and sample as much music as possible to find the best fit for your life. Monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure during and after listening may also be helpful. As you build your therapeutic music library, you may want to make the process a social activity and share your selections with friends on social media. Together, you and your family and friends can help each other in creating new, therapeutic music selections. You can learn much more about music therapy from author and educator, Joshua Leeds, an expert in the field of music and sound therapy.

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