“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”~Bob Marley
It’s no secret that good tunes have the power to lift our spirits and motivate us when we need a boost. And thanks to an increasing amount of research exploring this subject, we now better understand how this all works and just how powerful music can be to treat many health conditions.
For centuries, music has been used to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Classical music in particular has been shown to have beneficial effects on physiological functions — slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and decreasing levels of stress hormones. This is because slower rhythms can alter brainwave speed, putting subjects in a more meditative state and taking focus off stress.
Music therapy has gained popularity as a way to treat stress and anxiety and to overcome challenges like speech disorders. And it’s also been shown to unlock memories in people who have conditions that close them off in most ways from the outside world. Music is also believed to increase one’s creativity and memory skills, too. Many experts prescribe music as “medicine for the brain.” It’s also used as a supplementary treatment for medical issues ranging from depression and stroke to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
What does this mean for you?
Next time you’re stressed at work, try putting in those earbuds. Listening to music on a stressful work day is a great way to relax and kick-start your brain. If your workplace frowns upon the use of personal earbuds or streaming music from your computer, listen to music on your lunch break or commute to soak up the benefits.
So, the next time you’re at work and feel stressed out, put on one of your favorite tunes. It may just get you through a tough day!
Local artists to check out to chill out
Damien Jurado, The Shins, Rocky Votolato, Laura Gibson, J. Tillman , Arthur & Yu and The Moondoggies. If you’re wanting something with a bit more pep, try Pickwick or Hey Marseilles. And if you want more, stay up-to-date on the thriving Seattle music scene at SEA live MUSIC. Even if you live outside of the Seattle area, this site serves as a great resource for emerging Northwest talents.