Music & the soul
Music & the soul
Whether it is the melodious compositions of Bach or the soul-searching tunes of xxxTentacion, we’ve all got music we love oh so much! And while we are all so very different in our preferences, we’re all very much the same in our love for music.
But can music be more than just the background to our morning runs? Yes, it can! Music has proven to have glorious effects on cognition, mood & personality. So even though we’ve always seen it as an enjoyable retreat from the world, it can also be our most powerful weapon if wielded right.
Let’s look at how music can help us
- Improve Focus
If this isn’t something you’ve discovered already, here it is! Music, playing in the background while you’re hard at work can help you focus all your energy & calibre on the task at hand. Next time you have a tough task to handle, try listening to some soothing music & watch the magic.
- Reduce Stress
Imagine crashing onto your bean bag at the end of a hectic day, listening to your favourite song, with a hot cup of coffee by your side… Aah the peace! Even if only for a few moments, it seems like all your stress has been washed away. Several studies have been conducted over the years that prove that music has a positive effect on the human stress response. So on those days when you really just want to stop time & sit back, get your favourite tracks out & take a minute for yourself.
- Improve Your Memory
In this weird world where we’re expected to remember every little detail while sitting down for exams that have us struggling to recall page 356 of our textbooks, memory becomes our pivotal tool. While we all wish we had the magical ability to recall what our books look like when we need it, it’s not the easiest task. Instead, we could just put on a tape of some classical music & get started with our study sessions. This has been proven to help improve a person’s ability to recall.
- Boost Your Mood
I know we all like to sit by the window on a rainy day & listen to sad songs & bask in the glory of our sadness. But wait, why not just listen to happy music & send the blues away? An independent study showed that listening to positive music despite feeling sad can improve your mood & get you feeling better inside out in about two weeks.
Ahh Sleep. Our friend that has barely visited us since the lockdown hit us. While counting sheep is still a solid plan, why not switch things up & listen to some classical music? Insomnia affects people of all ages, especially now when our schedules are skewed. Listening to music as we drift off to sleep can induce a calming effect on your brain which can accelerate the time you take to fall asleep. For me personally, it’s rock music that calms my thoughts & puts me to sleep but hey! To each their own
- Pain Management
Quite possibly the one that surprised you the most on this list? Well, it’s true! Listening to music every day for an hour has proven to reduce physical pain. Popping pain killers incessantly is not the only way out my friend.
- Improve Your Fitness
For this one right here, I’m gonna need you to pump the speakers up, get out of your chairs & shake it off! Don’t you just feel compelled to get up & dance when your favourite pop track plays? Well, let’s put that to good use. A half-hour of dancing to your favourite tunes can get your body in great shape & your mind in a healthy rush.
- Therapy through music
Music has long been used as a method of clinical intervention during therapy to help address the emotional & cognitive needs of patients. Here, it’s not just about listening to music, it also involves creating & re-creating pieces that put you in a place where you are more open to communication, you feel relaxed & are more likely to reap the benefits of therapy.
- Improve Motivation
Nothing like an up-beat number to get you up out of your bed & out for a morning run, bright & early! Listening to the right kind of music that appeals to your personality & instils a positive feeling can be the energy boost you’re looking for. It can get your running that extra mile without even realising.
- Learn Music
Learning to play an instrument or learning to belt out those Whitney Houston songs isn’t just something to glam up your Instagram profile. Learning music can significantly improve your long term memory, improve your focus, your ability to multitask, & your overall cognition. Just make sure you learn from a tutor who knows what they’re doing… Lest you find yourself playing the same rhyme a million times over.