The human mind and psyche are intricate and complex. However, there is one thing that affects both these things in a major way: music. Listening to music has many benefits and can change someone’s life. We know that music is used in therapy and that it has been successful to get a response from people who were in comas. Clearly, music has power. Let’s have a look at the effects that listening to music has on our minds and psyches.
1. It improves attention and concentration
Music can increase productivity and learning ability by increasing attention and concentration. The right type of music (usually Baroque or other classical forms) stimulates the brain and make it more responsive and open. You can concentrate for hours and take in a lot more information if you study or work with music in the background. Studies have proven this time and time and again.
2. It relieves stress
People who suffer from stress and anxiety often find peace and calm when listening to music. They type of music may differ for different people, but music calms people down. Again, the classical types of music are definitely effective, but other types can also work. This is also why music is used in therapy. People who get anxiety attacks or are under immense stress and pressure can feel a definite change when they listen to music.
3. It improves cognitive abilities
Music has been found to improve the cognitive abilities of people of all ages. Listening to music can make you smarter by stimulating your brain functions. Older people stay sharp for longer and their memories are better than people who don’t listen to music regularly. It is also true that music helps to improve academic performance in children, especially with mathematics.
4. It can help with depression
Depression is a very serious condition that cannot just be wished away. Severe depression requires treatment. The most common treatment is medication, but music therapy has also proven effective. If the medication isn’t effective or the patient cannot afford it or doesn’t want it, music therapy is a legitimate option for treatment of depression. The music soothes and can help the patient to deal with their condition better.
5. It helps battle insomnia
People who struggle to sleep can often find relief when they listen to music before bed and when they are trying to fall asleep. Again, there are certain sounds and types of music that are most effective for this purpose. Music is soothing and can quiet the part of the brain that just doesn’t want to shut off.
In all our years of working with music and doing research on the effects, it has become clear that music is magic. There is almost nothing it cannot do. The benefits and the positive effect of music are astounding and a reason for all of us to listen to music more often. It is good for your health.
Let us know if you have experienced these positive effects of music.