Unwinding after a long week’s worth of work can be quite the moment to look forward to. The thought of finally escaping that rush hour traffic and getting to the safety and peace of home is rather comforting. However, as many often struggle with settling down after a busy day, what happens when you have trouble trying to disconnect?
Well, in case you’re wondering, most experts are pointing towards music as a great starting point. Yes, music with all its groovy and melodic tunes is known to have positive effects on the state of our mental health. Besides providing us with great entertainment value, music also offers many benefits including mood elevation, stress relief and many more. In fact, according to MARCS Institute for Brain, Behavior and Development researchers, music has been found to improve memory, increase retention and boost learning capabilities. With that, here are some more ways music can help improve your mental wellbeing:
In many cases our minds can often be a busy and buzzing place full of countless thoughts that may pop up. Although they can be important thoughts, a lot of the time they pop up only to create anxiety and worry, thus throwing our focus off our relaxation. With such scenarios, music, specifically classical/instrumental music has been proven to increase concentration.
Listening to slow and calming music is often a great way to start a relaxation session. Often songs that incorporate beautiful instruments allow the mind to let go and drift off while also enabling the body’s muscles to release any tensions. A great way to start seeing results in this area is to practice listening to calming music while transitioning into an afternoon nap/sleep.
And lastly, if you struggle with anxiety music can also be of great assistance in this area as well through Music Therapy. According to a study carried out by Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson from Mindlab International, it was found that classical music, specifically that incorporates ambient and instrumental qualities aids in reducing anxiety by as much as 65%.
So next time you find yourself struggling to disconnect, perhaps try giving the above solutions a go.