I was doing my indoor workout on a -7 degree day. The sun was shining and I was listening to some of my favorite songs to keep the momentum going when all of the sudden I found myself tearing up. It took me awhile to figure it all out but that particular song was stirring up long forgotten moments in my youth that of course, were attached to that song and era. They were happy tears and I found myself tearing up and smiling at the same time. Music is powerful. It triggers memories that we’ve forgotten in the here and now and can help us through much of what life has to offer if we let it.
Music, no matter if it’s pop-rock, opera, symphony, new age, meditation, etc…can be a powerful healer and can also facilitate strong emotional responses that can help us become healthier and ease specific symptoms and motivate us to change.
How can music help you?
Music can improve your cognitive performance – especially as we age, we need to keep our brains sharp. Listening to music can help.
Music can reduce stress. It sure can! How many of you feel better when you listen to some of your favorite songs or artists?
Music can help you eat less – by listening to mellow music while dimming the lights you just might eat less and be more aware of what you are eating and recognize when you are full.
Music can improve your memory……no matter what your age. Some people swear by music when they are studying and others don’t. Find what works best for you, It may be that listening to music while doing a puzzle is better than when you are studying.
Music can help manage pain. Studies have shown that people who suffer from muscular aches and pains and/or fibromyalgia, seem to have a decrease in symptoms when they listen to music.
Music might help you sleep better. And who doesn’t want that? Put on some relaxing meditation music an hour before bed and feel your stress melt away. Putting away all devices will help as well. #noTVcellphonestabletscomputersbeforebed
Music can improve your motivation. Just ask anyone. Would you rather walk on a treadmill in the middle of winter with no sun shining in and no music or would you rather blast your favorites and get at it?
Music can improve your endurance and performance – think 10K or more! Absolutely – can anyway say ROCKY?
Music can improve your mood. Whether you’ve had a bad day at work, you’re stressed out, you don’t feel well, you had a fight with someone, whatever the backstory – turn on some music and start feeling better!
Music can ease depression. Some studies have shown that music does just as much for easing depression symptoms as the medications prescribed.
As you continue living your life, consider adding in music everyday – it will only enhance your journey to health and wellness in a variety of powerful ways. Enjoy long forgotten songs and newly discovered songs. Let music in and experience the music that is personal to your journey. Peace.