Music is an important aspect of many treatments for mental health and this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The effects that a good tune can have on our emotions are endless. Think about the Film and Television industry who use background music to invoke particular emotions within us.
With this knowledge and research done in 2011, we now know that music causes mood-enhancing chemicals to be released in the brain. Therefore, a happy tune can help those with anxiety, depression, stress and other mental health concerns to feel happier, more creative and generally better in themselves.
No Music At Work
One of the more interesting aspects of music as a way to combat mental health concerns is that so few businesses are using it. Stress creates more than five million days off from work a year. One way to de-stress workers is to have music playing in the workplace, but only half of all businesses facilitate this.
If businesses were to offer more background music, then stress might be reduced, productivity increased, and greater profits made.
Not Just A Workplace Problem
Of course, it isn’t as simple as just the workplace playing music. People need to listen to music at home but also the right music. Not every song has the same affect, as some music can have a negative effect on your mood.
Research done in 2014 found a list of songs that made people happier. What was interesting from the list was that the majority of the songs were instrumental and few had lyrics. You can see some highlights from this list.
Everyone Is Different
Another thing to consider is that what makes one person happy might not be the same for another. Some songs will remind people of good times, while others will remind them of sad times. These associations can affect the mood of the listener.
Therefore, it’s important for some people to carefully consider what they play.
Not Just Stress, Anxiety And Depression
It isn’t just those who suffer from stress, anxiety and depression that can benefit from music therapy. Research has found that those with autism respond favourably to music therapy, dementia patients show less aggression and agitation with music, and those suffering from insomnia can achieve a better night’s sleep after listening to music.
And you don’t have to be suffering from these conditions to receive treatment. Music can help prevent these conditions too, especially stress and anxiety. So perhaps we should all turn off the television early tonight and listen to our favourite CD instead?
What music helps you relax? How do you manage stress?
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