Music is a part of most people’s lives. Even if we can’t belt out a song or strum a guitar, music can have a direct impact on how we feel. It doesn’t matter if you listen to classical, pop or hip hop, there’s a place for all types of music.
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that the organs and meridians in the body each have corresponding musical notes that can encourage healing. Music therapy has been found helpful in treating autistic children. It can reduce agitation in people with dementia. It has even been found to increase responsiveness to anti-depressants. Soothing music can help settle anyone from newborns to the elderly.
Classical music can aid in improving focus. Music with a tempo of 60 beats/minute can increase mental processing of information. There is a positive correlation between music and creativity. It can help with motivation especially for activities such as exercising.
But like most things, there are restrictions. Listening to music that is too loud can eventually impair hearing. Songs can trigger memories, which can be problematic if those memories are painful or traumatic.
Choosing what music you listen to is a choice only you can make. Listen to songs that make you feel uplifted and happy and feel stress fade away. Sometimes the simplest things can be a powerful self care tool.