Do you have a child with special needs? Are you a parent with anxiety about your children? I think most parents find themselves anxious at one time or another about their child. As parents, we need to find ways to relieve our anxiety, which in turns helps us to be better parents! Everyone has their own way to reduce anxiety. What is yours?
I was contacted by Will Tottle, a freelance writer & blogger who writes articles on the power of music. I wanted to share this guest post on my blog to help other people learn more about how music can relieve anxiety in your daily life.
Do you have a child with ADHD? Check my article on ADHD and music.
If you have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety or depression, please consult with your medical professional since this article is way to provide some brief information. Thank you Will!
Mental health is something that affects millions of people around the world. It doesn’t matter where you came from or the kind of life you lead, it can happen to us all and at any point. There are many ways to treat mental health, but it isn’t all down to medication – our lifestyle and habits can affect the impact of our mental health conditions on both our minds and lives. Music has been shown to be an excellent way of combating our issues, and in this article, we look at five ways it can relieve us.
When you start listening to music, the amount of cortisol in your body is reduced, and this is the hormone that is responsible for stress. This means that your blood pressure and heart rate are also decreased when you are listening, leaving you feeling calmer and more relaxed. As time passes, your mind can be put at ease, and you will find your attention is refocused.
There are a number of mental health issues, including depression, that can be attributed to an imbalance of serotonin in the brain. Listening to music can have a fantastically positive effect, but it will take time and is also unable to replace medication. If you listen to upbeat music, your serotonin production receives a little boost – improving your mood and state of mind. Just remember that sad music can leave you feeling worse than before.
Helping You to Express Emotion
It’s not always easy for us to get the way we feel through properly, especially when our mental health is playing up. Music therapy is a fast-growing form of counselling, and it lets you create or listen to music in a calm and controlled environment so that you can learn better forms of expression. It’s the perfect outlet, and can teach you healthy and effective ways to tell those around you exactly how you feel.
Improving Focus and Concentration
The neurotransmitter dopamine is responsible for things like motivation and attention span, so those with conditions like ADHD are suffering from a reduced supply. When you listen to music, the amount of dopamine being produced can actually be increased, improving your concentration levels as well as productivity. For areas of the brain that are distracted, music provides them with a source of entertainment so that you can get to work on the task at hand.
Giving You Personal Time
Sometimes, the best thing for us is time away from everything else. After a long day at work, or just being in a crowded place, we need to shut down. Plugging in your headphones offers you that respite, and you can play your favourite tunes to take your mind off your surroundings. Taking that time for yourself is perfect for lowering stress and anxiety levels, as well as giving you the chance to mentally recover.
There are so many connections between music and mental health, so hopefully, this article has been able to shed some light on this and show you more about the ways in which they can work together. It’s quite amazing to see the effect it can have, and a topic that is deeply interesting. If you want to learn more, we have a detailed article on the subject (with scientific research included) that you should definitely take the time to read.
About the Author
Will is a freelance writer & blogger. If you are interested in more information on music therapy, audio guides and gear reviews , be sure to check out Will’s articles at Myaudiosound.co.uk
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