Musicians who come to our Kansas City music rehearsal studio will be the first to tell you that listening to music is entertaining and relaxing. But it might come as a surprise to learn that studies show music can even make you healthier. Music can energize people, and it can also help with pain management. The psychological effects of music have also been noted. Music therapy is often used to promote good mental health and help people deal with stress and anxiety. (For more information on the benefits of music therapy, read What Is Music Therapy
? by the American Music Therapy Association.)
Let’s take a look at the impact of music on mental health.
Music Can Reduce Stress
The idea that music can reduce stress has been around for a long time. More recently, there has even been a trend that is centered on meditative music that is designed to calm the mind and create relaxation. Listening to music of any kind can be an effective way to cope with stress. Studies have shown that people in stressful situations recover more quickly when they are listening to music because of its positive impact on the central nervous system.
Music Can Help You Lose Weight
If you are trying to eat less so you can drop a few pounds, eating in a dimly lit room while playing music can help. One study, in fact, showed that people who ate in low-lit restaurants while listening to relaxing music ate nearly 20 percent less than people who ate in brighter restaurants. The theory behind this is that people who are in a more relaxing setting might eat more slowly and are more aware when they are full.
Music Can Increase Your Motivation
If you find you need music while you work out, you are not alone. In studies, most people found it easier to work out while listening to fast-paced, upbeat music Creating a playlist of upbeat, fast-paced music will boost your motivation—especially when you are logging a several mile run or some serious time on a stationary bike.
Music Can Decrease Depression
Studies have shown that music therapy can safely and effectively treat mental disorders, including depression and anxiety. This also includes people who suffer from neurological conditions, such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease. It’s important to note that the type of music is crucial in this instance. Meditative music provides the best mood-improving benefits, whereas other types of music, such as heavy metal or techno, provided no benefit.
Music not only entertains us, but it can have a powerful impact on our well-being. Incorporating music into your life can help you feel happier, more relaxed, and more motivated.
Kansas City Music Rehearsal Space
Soundstructure Studios has been around since 1993 at its Denver location. Our new Kansas City music rehearsal space is now open for musicians to practice their craft in our sound-isolation rooms. Find out more about the benefits of having your band rehearse in our studios. We welcome you to contact us