How music can affect your mental state

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I am such a music lover. A certain song can spur you on to embark on your greatest moments and also make you remember your lowest points.

Such a powerful tool, that unfortunately some people do not get to experience the vast brilliance that is one play button away.

All it takes is one song to trigger a thousand memories, good or bad. One song to remember a certain face. One song to remember a certain feeling.

Personally music got me through some of the toughest times. The sheer overwhelming force could take me away from the current moment within beats. Without it I dont know where I would be right now. Im not an introvert as such but when I have been low there wasnt a face on this planet I wanted to see. Music became my closest companion and the more I listened, the more I explored and broadened my taste.

It was in no way a solution for what I was going through but I could not expect any more from a calming method at the times I needed one.

That is why I am a firm believer in finding some sort of passion or natural source of happiness, to regenerate that positive energy.

Enough about me

These are some benefits from listening and grooving.

Music can literally alter our brain instantly

Listening to music has the ability to trigger the release of several neurochemicals that play a role in brain function and mental health:

  • dopamine or the “happy hormone”
  • stress hormones like cortisol
  • serotonin and other hormones related to immunity
  • oxytocin, a chemical that fosters the ability to connect to others

Memory and Learning Benefits

Music enjoyment elicits dopamine release.

Dopamine has been tied to motivation, which in turn is implicated in learning and memory.

We also have the Mozart effect theory, where numerous research show that listing to classical music may induce a short term improvement on the performance of studying and memorising information.

Some amazing composors which I recommend that are more modern day:

  • Ludovico Einaudi
  • Poppy Ackroyd
  • Joep Beving
  • Jean-Michel Blais

Gone are the days of “boring” classical music.

Ludovico Einaudi is a personal favourite of mine. A revolutionary pianist.

You should definately check these out!

Gareth

 

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