Staying indoors during the lockdown and Covid times, the one thing that has surely lifted my spirits and kept me on my toes literally, is Music. Music can make you dance like no one’s watching and sing till your throat hurts.
From rock and roll to hip hop to soft melodious songs, it will cater to all your moods as our mind releases some memories, emotions and thoughts when listening to them. Music also helps one connect with others. Like a national anthem will connect the crowd, love songs help connect with your partner and lullabies sung while putting the baby to sleep, connects the parent and the child.
A perfect solution to all our emotional problems, moods and feelings, music is here for you and me. So, let’s see how those beats can change your mood and make you feel more alive.
Relaxes your mind: Coming home tired after a hectic day, turn on the music player and play a peppy number and see your feet moving to the beat of music. Music has the ability to relax your mind and switch off after a long day. It helps releasing tension from your muscles making you feel fresher.
Reduces anxiety and depression: Music therapy has become more popular to deal with anxiety and depression and more and more doctors are using it and recommending it to anyone who is disturbed mentally. Listening to music can calm one’s nerves whenever he/she feels anxious. So next time you meet someone you know is dealing with anxiety or depression, plug in your handsfree and share it with your friend.
Reduces fatigue and stress: Roll down the car windows, amp up the music on the radio and see how energized you feel. Your dull and boring day will be all charged up. Play it on loud or keep it mellow, but certain genres of music will surly help you feel rejuvenated up. Don’t undermine the music’s ability to be a stress reliver.
Elevates mood: Mental wellbeing is linked to all the assertive thoughts in your mind. If you are feeling low or demotivated, play a hard-hitting song with the right lyrics and boost yourself. The song will help elevate your mood and be more productive. Feeling bored and lazy, pump up the beat as a fast-paced music is all your brain needs to get up and get moving.
Improves performance: This one works with me. With music playing in the background when I am working, be it in the kitchen or writing, it certainly gets the best out of me. It helps me focus and perform better at what I am doing. Playing an upbeat number while working also helps increase the speed of work. Next time when you are working on a task, don’t forget to play some music before you start.
Better Sleep: A soothing music while you drift off to sleep is also a perfect way to relax the mind and reduce stress. Music is a great way to deal with insomnia. While there are many ways treat insomnia, music is the effective and economical way to deal with it. This again I’ve experienced it personally as during the lockdown my kid’s sleep pattern went out the window as they would not sleep till wee hours, so I started playing relaxing music in their room and Vola…. they were asleep in no time.
That’s not all, even playing a musical instrument is equally liberating to the mind and soul. If you know how to play any musical instrument, take that out and hit the keys, pull strings and see how your mood changes. If not, lockdown has given us a lot of time to learn it too. Learn to play an instrument and that too would be equally healing to your mind.
Music sees no age. Be it a baby, toddler, teen or an adult, music soothes everybody. Music therapy is now a burgeoning field in itself. So music is not “JUST” a form of entertainment, but it has a strong link with mental wellbeing too. Make the most of it to help cope with or take control of your tricky emotions.
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