Feeling Stressed?

October 28, 2016

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Photo Courtesy: Jessica Dodge

Music Therapy is an Effective Way to Unwind

As a busy college student, I’m always looking for ways to help myself destress. One type of therapy that I find particularly interesting is called music therapy.

I am a firm believer that putting on my favorite song always puts me in a better mood.  And it’s not just me who feels that way. It has been clinically proven.

Here are some findings about various genres of music and how they relate to mental wellness:

  • Calming music combined with cognitive therapy lowers anxiety even more effectively than conventional therapy alone
  • Studies by the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and the Journal of Clinical Nursing suggest that music helps improve mental health by reducing certain symptoms of depression
  • Listening to a song we love acts on the pleasure center of our brain by releasing dopamine, a hormone that makes us feel good
  • Music acts as a form of treatment for 1 out of 5 people who suffer from mental illness

The average person listens to five hours of music each day according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The good thing about this is that research has shown that music helps improve both mood and confidence! Five hours is a lot of confidence boosting, and that’s just the average person.

So if you’re in a funk, get your jam on and blast your favorite song!

 

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