Musical Medicine

Hannah , Staff Writer

Have you been stressed out lately? Too much homework? Too many problems? Too much life?

Well, chill! There is always a solution to everything, and recently ‘music’ has been a real game changer.

If you have never realised what kind of power and influence music can have on you then you’ll be surprised to hear that it can soothe or calm us down in many different situations. Music has a really amazing way of relating to our emotions and can be used as an extremely effective stress management tool.

Different genres of music have different effects on us when we listen to them, and some examples are classical music and rap music.

Listening to classical music or songs with a sad melody and slow beat is a great way to help you relax as it lowers your blood pressure and slows your pulse and heart rate, whereas rap music is going to keep you awake and more alert.

Furthermore, it is also believed that singing or shouting along to the music can help release tension, and karaoke is especially enjoyable and effective when it comes to stress relief.

It has also been medically proven that music is, to a certain extent, a medicine, and it has been used over the years to help cure illnesses and aid the body and mind.

– Music’s form and structure can help bring order and security to disabled and distressed children.

– Listening to music through headphones reduces stress and anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery.

– Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and postoperative pain.

– Listening to music can relieve depression and increase the self-esteem levels of elderly people.

– Music therapy significantly reduces emotional distress and boosts quality of life among adult cancer patients.

So, the next time you find yourself listening to a song, try to think about how you feel before you start listening to it and compare it to how you felt afterwards. Try and think about the beat, the words and the melody of the song, and ask yourself how it made you feel.

If you’re ever feeling stressed, anxious, or overloaded with homework, take some Musical Medicine. Trust me, it helps!