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Benefits Of Listening To Music

I absolutely LOVE music.  If I’m having a bad day and need a pick-me-up listening to my favourite music always works.  Music has the ability to change your mood, take you back to a different time and even lower your blood pressure.  There are many more benefits of listening to music so let’s take a look.

7 Benefits Of Listening To Music

  1. Improves athletic performance.

Studies have shown that exercise can actually improve your athletic performance by reducing the feeling of fatigue and improving motor coordination.  If you’re not feeling like doing your workout, get your favourite playlist and get to it!

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety.

Music has the ability to reduce your stress and/or anxiety by actually reducing cortisol levels.  The next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious try listening to your favourite down-tempo music.  This can be really helpful if you have a stressful commute.

  1. Reduces pain.

They’re not sure of the exact mechanism here but they suspect that music’s impact on the release of dopamine plays a role.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy and relaxed.  I know that when I get tattoos it really helps when I’m enjoying the music that they’re playing.

  1. Improves your immune system.

Listening to music causes an increase of immunoglobulin A in your body which is an antibody that helps keep cells healthy.  As mentioned above, music also decreases cortisol and high cortisol levels  can cause a decrease in immune response.

  1. Helps your brain.

A study showed that young children who took music lessons showed different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year than children who didn’t take music lessons.  Music even helps people struggling with memory problems.  A study showed that stroke patients who listened to music daily showed significant improvement in memory and were able to focus better.

  1. Helps you sleep better.

Listening to soothing music before bed helps you sleep better and get a better rest.  Soothing music reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, relaxes your muscles, alleviates anxiety and helps to distract you from thoughts that may be keeping you from falling asleep.

  1. Helps lower blood pressure.

Listening to calming music or music that makes you happy actually helps to lower your blood pressure.

Improve Your Day With Music!

If you’re having a bad day, try putting on your favourite music.  You’ll be surprised how music can take you to a happier place.