How Music can Benefit Your Health.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling sad, an upbeat song can make you feel happier? Music is powerful and can trigger a range of emotions. It can remind us of joyful times of the past, it can also create excitement, or bring soothing peace at the end of a busy day. No wonder they say music is medicine for the soul.

The realisation that music could act as a healing influence affecting health and behaviour, is no new discovery. It was documented as far back as 1789, when two student doctors advocated for the use of music to treat medical conditions and diseases. Since then, a lot of research has been carried out. We are now starting to see evidence of the many benefits of music. Here are just a few:

How Music can Benefit Your Health

Memory

Music can have enormous cognitive benefits for those living with dementia. The part of the brain that is responsible for hearing music is the last to deteriorate in dementia patients. Familiar songs can unlock memories, improve mood and movement, and decrease anti-social behaviour. In some cases, music can inspire people who are non-verbal to hum or sing.

Social Skills

Social skills are an important aspect of life for all people, of all ages and abilities. We learn social skills as children. These to enable us to develop and maintain healthy relationships as we grow older. It’s important for seniors to remain social to prevent feelings of loneliness and depression. Music is a carefree medium to stimulate communication and interaction. For autistic people, music has been known to improve their ability to understand, respond, and maintain interaction with their peers.

Lower Stress

We all need to stress less. Stress can lead to headaches, insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and more. For good health and wellbeing, it’s important to manage stress. Did you know that music can be an effective stress management tool? When we’re stressed, our brain releases cortisol. Music, especially slow, quiet classical music can have a relaxing effect. It can decrease the amount of cortisol and adrenaline in our body, making us feel calmer.

Find your Groove

It’s easy to integrate music into everyday life. Create personalised playlists on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Make sure you have an upbeat playlist to listen to if you’re feeling down, and one with soft music for relaxation. For fun interactions with the seniors in your life, why not find some catchy songs from the past and enjoy a sing-along together.