Who doesn’t like the sound of music?? Music soothes the soul, picks us up when we’re feeling down and can have a significant impact on our overall mood.
We all enjoy some form of music and while there have been many studies completed with mixed reviews on how music can impact anxiety and depression and improve our overall wellness, I’m going to share with you how music played an important role for me at a time when my mental health was not at it’s best, I found that relaxing music played a significant role in my overall well-being.
Today, I release stress through the power of music by making music part of my daily routine, I’ve incorporated it into my wellness plan and this helps me to motivate me to continue to work toward a complete sense of wellness.
SPA MUSIC; SOMETHING NEW FOR ME
My preference of music is spa music, the calming sounds of natures waterfalls, oceans and birds have had a profound impact on my emotions and helps to relax my body, researchers have found that listening to calming music can significantly lower anxiety and depression levels by positively influencing regions of the brain.
Researchers also have found that not only can calming music help to relax anxiety and depression it can also help people dealing with chronic pain, distracting discomfort by blocking pain pathways in the brain.
People suffering from heart disease benefit too, calming music reduces anxiety and stress which helps to reduce the heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
Pregnant women also benefit from reduced stress, anxiety and depression throughout their pregnancy when listing to calming music throughout the day.
CALMING MUSIC CAN HELP LEAD US TO WELLNESS
In 2009, a year I will never forget, I learned first hand how stress impacts the mind and body which lead me on my journey to find wellness. My marriage broke down and I struggled with stresses that are common for most going through this experience.
Managing the stresses of divorce shared parenting, high-stress job and finances almost brought me to my breaking point, I was feeling so unwell and my body and mind began to show warning signs that help was needed. I knew I needed to make some changes and FAST.
I remember going to my therapist and she suggesting meditation and spa music to help calm my mind, I had never practiced these forms of relaxation methods in the past and the thought seemed a little foreign to me.
I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about trying these new methods of relieving stress, but at this point, I would’ve tried anything. And boy, was I glad I did.
Calming my mind with the sounds of spa and meditation music was the beginning of the new me. Of course, this wasn’t the only thing I changed but when I think about how I managed to get through this period of un-wellness I faced I can confidently say that spa music played a significant role in my journey.
I began to incorporate slow, calming relaxing music into my day, every day and still do. My morning alarm is the sound of waterfalls and birds – this is important for me as it doesn’t startle me when it goes off and sets the tone for my day.
When I arrive at work (I’m lucky enough to have my own office space) the first thing I do is log into my computer and get my calming music up and going softly in the background, this has become my daily routine and helps me to stay relaxed both mentally and physically.
5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INCLUDE MUSIC IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
I started to research how music could have played such a profound role in my mental and emotional health and here is what I come up with:
- Music triggers the brain to release endorphins, increase dopamine and blocks pain pathways which help to enhance a sense of well-being
- Studies have shown that sounds of nature improve concentration
- Starting your day off with calming music can help put you in a peaceful mood that will stay with you throughout the day
- Calming music helps to soothe anxiety
- Lowers our heart rate and blood pressure – the heart rate becomes more regular and we feel calmer.
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LISTENING TO SPA MUSIC CAN HELP CALM YOUR MIND, BODY, AND SOUL
Studies show that listening to calming music 10 -15 minutes every day for 2 weeks can benefit a person’s overall well being and they will start to feel the effects
Listening to the sounds of spa music and nature helps to reduce stress in a profound way, if you’ve never tried this and are feeling a little like I was when it was first introduced to me, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give it a try; you never know, it could be the beginning to a calmer, more relaxed you.