It’s simple. Your favourite music makes you feel good!
You can be at the gym, when that right beat comes on, making you absolutely crush it! Or you could just be having a bad day, and your favourite song comes on the radio. You crank it up, sing your heart out and feel all better.
Is there a magical power behind music? Is there more to us just really liking a song? Without going too much into scientific detail (pffft, you have a textbook for that), there have been a lot of scientific studies done that link the power music has over your brain chemistry!
Here’s a long video that you should watch when you have the time!
Here’s 3 ways music can help!
1. Listening to music can help reduce the effects of pain. Which probably explains why you feel less sad when you belt out Adele during a break-up.
2. Do you ever wonder why plugging in your earphones when you’re stressed always seems to help? Music has the ability to lower your blood pressure which helps reduce your stress. A great excuse to tune out anyone annoying you.
3. Music can reduce the feeling of fatigue, increase your levels of “psychological arousal, give you a “physiological relaxation response”, and improve your motor coordination. This is why listening to music gets you through a workout easier and gets you pumped up for your big moment!
So what does this all mean, you may ask?
Yes, we all go through tough times. You can suffer from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues and it’s so important you seek help! But one simple change you can make to help with the battle in your head is listen to more music!
Athletes do it, surgeons do it… And scientists recommend it! So allow me to go turn up this song… with scientific evidence as an excuse!