In the metro, while travelling or waiting for your friend in a restaurant, we often see people walking around with headphones lost in the world of music. Be it sad, mad or happy, we blast our favourite playlist to comfort us, isn’t it? Music stimulates the brain in extraordinary ways! It can bring things to life, it can make a memory, express emotions and much more.
A study conducted at California university found that when you listen to music, the neurons in the brain fire up. Listening to music can be more than just a hobby. In fact, music has been used as a therapeutic tool since the dawn of time. During the world war, doctors witnessed the enchanting effects music had on the healing process in wounded soldiers.
1. Why Working Out With Music Is Better
A body of research has found that while listening to music, people bike longer, run faster and swim farther than usual. Fitness and music have been the most powerful pairing to peak performance, distract from pain and fatigue, elevate the mood and promote efficiency. Workout music should be more than just a queue of fast energy songs. Scientific American journal shows that the extent to which a person relates to the singer’s emotional state and viewpoint determines motivation. Your body moves to the music depending on how much you enjoy the tempo and underlying rhythm. Next time you need a push for that last set, put on your power song and move to the rhythm.
2. Music to Heal Mental Health Disorders
From surgeons to an 8-year-old kid, it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant tune. Music Therapy is a rapidly blossoming field that uses music to enhance and maintain the psychological, physical and social welfare of individuals. Certified music therapists are usually musicians with a deeper knowledge and understanding of music. It is a form of expressive art therapy that has shown significant results in individuals suffering from mental health disorders like anxiety, stress and depression. Music helps to evoke happy memories and lifts spirits in moments of struggle by stimulating the reward centres of the brain. In some instances, individuals battling mental health issues have shown a higher response and engagement in music therapy than in traditional therapy.
3. Music To Help You Focus
Have you noticed how playing your beats in the background while studying for an exam, driving your car, reading a book gets you in the zone? The neurological activity in our brain can trigger certain brain states and behaviours. You can create a link between music and the brain by playing the same type of music for the same type of task. Every time you play that particular music, it acts as a cue for your brain to automatically get into a focused state of mind. The popular opinion is that playing Mozart helps you focus and perform better. But it doesn’t have to be just classical music. Any music without lyrics is recommended to improve focus and concentration. Even music in a language you don’t understand helps you focus too. But choosing music with lyrics you know can be counterproductive and distracting.
4. Music For Sleeping
Getting trouble having a shut-eye? Do you spend hours staring at the ceiling or scrolling your phone waiting to fall asleep? Sleep tracks can make you feel relaxed and drift you into wonderland. Playing music with relatively low beats helps to stimulate your internal snooze buttons. Studies from across the world have shown a strong correlation between sleep and music. Songs with 60 beats per minute work as a remedy for short term and chronic sleep problems. Using pillow speakers rather than headphones is advised to avoid any ear damage.
Why Does Music Make Us So Emotional?
Every occasion, be it a birthday, wedding, war cries or funeral, music has always played a big part. Music brings people together and goes beyond cultural barriers and geography. A person in Haryana can connect more to Taylor Swift than an American. Music can elicit and catalyse emotions in people. We always pick soft strings on a rainy afternoon, pumped up electric music in the clubs, and a sing-along playlist for girls’ night out. The type of emotion we are expressing determines what we choose to listen to. Our brain creates associations between genres and how we articulate emotions. The words and the time at which you listen stimulates a physiological response of emotions.
Country, metal or classical music. It can help you cope with difficult emotions and boost your mood. Explore the effects of music with your favourite tunes.