How Music Can Help You Through Anything
From the worst to the best days of your life, music will be there. You may find some lyrics that you can relate to or simply feel a certain way due to the tone of a song. If you need your spirits lifted, throw on some Showtek. When you need to get something off of your mind, vibe with some Kill The Buzz.
Just as any work of art, a song will convey some kind of message. You can make what you want of it. It doesn’t have to make sense. You can express tragedy, bliss, confusion- anything.
Besides the obvious, there are some scientific benefits of music that prove it can help. You probably even experienced these benefits without even knowing it. Now let’s go more in depth of how music can help.
How Music Affects Your Body
The nervous system and limbic system are directly affected by music. Using the nervous system to process the music, we use our limbic system to feel the music. It doesn’t seem like much, but the fact that we can FEEL music can have a huge impact on everything else we are experiencing at that moment.
There have been studies which indicate that after listening to happy or sad music, you are more likely to perceive neutral expressions as happy or sad matching what you listened to. If you feel like the world is against you, listen to uplifting music and turn your day around.
Endorphins are released when listening to music, and sometimes that all you need to get pumped before a work out. Interacting with the receptors in your brain, endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduce your perception of pain. This can be good for strenuous work outs, broken hearts, stress, anxiety and even physical healing.
Music Inspires Creativity
Stuck in a creative rut? Don’t worry, music will get those creative juices flowing. Studies show that at a moderate level, noise can induce higher arousal of the mind and greater processing disfluency. Due to stress, anxiety, etc., we get to caught up in our own minds to let it wonder creatively. At a moderate level, music can help you ease your mind by literally distracting it.
One study showed that children with three years of musical training outperform those who had less to none. They showed to have more strength with their fine motor skills, verbal ability, reasoning, and ability to discriminate between melodies.
Still don’t believe me? Think about it this way. Music will not solve your problems, but can help you through them.
Imagine solving all of your problems with less stress and anxiety. It won’t make you a creative person, but it will aide you in getting there. Those bad grades won’t become A's just by learning to play an instrument, but that will assist your brain in certain areas that you use for academics. Music is here to make the bad times not as bad, and the good times even better.