Music is good for your health

Music & Health

It has long been said that music heals the mind just like mindfulness and meditation do the same for your mind/mind.
A quiet mind/mind is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
If you can make peace with your mind, there will be a collaboration with healthy effects for your whole body and your life itself.

This part deals with the effects of music on your health.

The advances in neuroscience and the ability to imaging the brain reveals what happens in the brain while experiencing music.

FMRI scans showed a consistent pattern: listeners' preferences, not the kind of music they listened to, had the greatest impact on brain connectivity, especially on a brain circuit known to be involved in internally focused thinking, empathy and self-awareness. This circuit was badly connected when the participants listened to the music they didn't like, better connected when listening to the music they liked and most connected when listening to their favorites.

So it doesn't matter if it's Heavy metal or Beethoven.

All that matters is that you REALLY enjoy it so you get the best results. It is very important that you pay attention to your response to different genres and then choose what works for you.! What helps to concentrate on one can distract someone else and what helps one to relax can make someone else hyper.

Rock, Pop, Country, Rap, Hip-Hop, Indie, Jazz, Classical, you name anything can work positively for you!

Research shows listening to music can reduce anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and pain. Music affects sleep quality, mood. Memory may improve, some cognitive functions may increase. Learning and concentration can improve. It has an effect on the aging of the brain, which is less likely .

Music is so good for your brain because it's one of the few activities that stimulates your whole brain. Because music is structurally, mathematically and architecturally based on relationships between one note and the next, it is a total brain training.

When you listen to music, there's a lot more going on in your body than simple auditory processing. A recent imaging study found that music activated auditory, motor, and limbic brain areas, regardless of whether people listened to Vivaldi or The Beatles. Research has found that the motor areas process rhythm, the auditory areas process sound, while the limbic areas are associated with emotions.

A meta-analysis of 400 studies validated the many health benefits of listening to music, including lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. In a study, patients who had to have surgery soon and listened to music had fewer anxiety and lower cortisol levels than people who had taken drugs. The analysis determined that music has positive effects on brain chemistry and associated mental and physical health benefits in four areas.

• Uplifting the mood.

• Stress Reduction

• Raising immunity

• It helps with social bonding.

Listening to music activates the nucleus accumbens of the brain, responsible for releasing the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine, which is an integral part of the pleasure, reward and motivation systems and plays a crucial role in learning. An increase in the amount of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens improves concentration, stimulates mood and improves memory. Dopamine is the chemical responsible for the yummy feelings you get when you eat chocolate, reach orgasm, or get a kick from running.

Science shows that music can help relieve depression, gives hope, and it can make you feel more in control of your life. There is even evidence that listening to music can help recover from trauma sustained in the brain.

Playing music with others or enjoying live music causes the brain hormone oxytocin to give more and more feelings of connectedness, trust and social bonding.

One study showed that listening to music reduced chronic pain 21 percent and reduced depression 25 percent. Another study showed that by using music therapy, depressive symptoms improved significantly.

Music with a big beat or drum and tap with one hand with the music can break the pain for a while and you can experience some relaxation.

Go drumming yourself

You really don't have to be a musician to experience the positive effects of drumming. Studies of cancer patients have shown that the rhythm of a drum (doing or listening to it yourself) can reduce pain. It has also been proven to reduce daily pains such as headaches or menstrual pain. Buy a drum, grab a pillow with a pair of sticks, beat with your hands on the table. And experience the following (proven) positive effects:
* You're more relaxed
* You feel less alone
* You can make your emotions flow easier (whether it's sadness, anger or joy)
* You feel more connected