How and why #music affects our #mind

If studies are to be believed, the right kind ofmusic has the power to calm, motivate and rejuvenate one’s mind and soul.

How and why music affects our mind

How and why music affects our mind

Notice how often we plug in a pair of earphones through the day? Most of us would agree that music is relaxing and helps in cooling down our temper and anxiety. The sudden upsurge in music while exercising, meditating or traveling has led experts to closely study the therapeutic benefits of music. Research and study has shown that music has a deep and profound impact on our mind and psyche. In fact, it has given way to a growing field of health care called MusicTherapy.

Says Poonam Rohra, music therapist- “Simply put, music has the power to effect your emotions, stimulate memory and change your thought process, from positive to negative or sad to happy, especially if you’re exposed to it for a while.”

Has there been a positive response to this treatment?

“Music helps alleviate feelings of loneliness and stress especially in hospitals. It also affects their want for social interaction,” adds Poonam.

What’s more intriguing, however, is why it works. Following are some reasons that help us break down music therapy.

Brain waves: Have you ever walked down the street listening to loud music and found yourself walking to the same beat as the music? Our brain is basically entrained to rhythm. Mothers across the world use music to calm their babies. Music has a very obvious soothing effect on us and slow tempo beats can promote a calm, reflective state.

State of nerves: Music helps in keeping anxiety and depression at bay. Musicians stress that if we’re in a low state of mind, fast uptempo beats can contribute immensely in lifting our spirits. However, it is advised to choose music that matches your mood before blasting high-energy music.

Physical factors: Music has also taken over gyms and other arenas of physical activity, namely yoga, meditation, zumba, etc. As fitness expert Mamtaa Joshi says, “When you’re into heavy training and exercising, music helps in diverting the mind. Combining music and workout is like combining two physical and mental elements, hence making the workout more soulful.”

Health benefits: Music helps greatly in reducing chronic stress. Madhavi Kaulgi, a music therapist who uses Hindustani Classical Music in her treatment says, “Music has healing properties and helps greatly in balancing the hormones thereby enhancing the mood. It helps in lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity and also eases muscle tension.”

Music is also known to reduce fatigue and exhaustion. Apart from being a common ingredient in gyms and massage salons, a lot of young students are seen playing music while studying because it is believed that music helps increase our attention skills, thereby enhancing learning. It acts as an effective device to grab and also keep one’s focus. Music to the ears indeed.

-Everyone’s response to a musical piece is different, which goes to say that each person might not necessarily elicit the same response to the music.
-Unwind yourself by listening to softer, calmer music.
-Memories associated to certain kind of music might evoke emotional responses as well. For eg: Your wedding song could evoke a happy or sad feeling.
-Repetitive, almost monotonous music is known to help soothe one’s heartbeat and breathing and also helps in giving one a sound sleep. For eg: mothers often hum lullabies to their young one’s to put them to sleep.

Source: TOI Lifestyle News

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