Music has been used for centuries as a health enhancing treatment for patients such as premature infants, to the elderly diagnosed with dementia. Music also has a way to positively bring societies together, artists like Bob Marley and Ben E. King have been known to utilize this fact.
The power of music can improve areas in your life you’ve probably overlooked. Like your relationships, career, and health. Here are other ways you can utilize music to make a difference in your day-to-day activities.
Music Improves Your Memory
Studies show that music directly benefits the part of the brain that controls verbal memory. Others show that music benefits the working memory as well. Part of the reason is that music has a sound pattern, rhythm or melody which is a type of organization for memory processes.
Not to mention, emotion triggers memory and there’s no better way to surface emotion than to use music. Have you ever listened to a song that transported you to an important time in your life? The pattern of a song can systematically organize thoughts. So, the next time you have a big test to study for, put on your favorite song and get studying. It can help store the new content. When you’re ready to recall the study session, hum or listen to that song. It should help bring forth that newly supply of knowledge.
It Increases Creativity & Intelligence
It’s common for mothers and pregnant women to play classical music to enhance a child’s development in communication, expression and cognition. According to The Music in Our Minds, the reason for this is because learning and playing music exercises the brain by strengthening brain cells. The stronger brain cells become, called synaptic strength, the more information our brains will retain. It’s the same as learning a second language! The next you feel like you want to expand intelligence, pick up a guitar, violin or some other musical instrument and learn to play.
It decreases Stress & Anxiety
One of the best things you can do for your wellbeing is to destress. Some find exercise to be a great stress reliever, which by the way can be intertwined with music, too. Others find a nice, relaxing massage to decrease anxiety. Wait! There’s music playing during a massage session, too.
Whatever your method to destress, it’s common that music be a variable. Listening to instrumental or classical music is known to relax the mind. Give it a try the next time you start to feel your blood pressure rise.