By Latha Dara
New Delhi, Aug 21 (SocialNews.XYZ) Ancient civilizations had a strong musical tradition, which is present in all cultures today. However, music is now considered essential to overall health and well-being. Our brain releases dopamine and serotonin when we listen to energetic and enjoyable music, which makes us happy. On the other side, calm music encourages peace and relaxation. When employed by experienced and qualified experts, music therapy is an evidence-based, effective and safe method of treatment that is used to treat people in need of mental health care.
A music therapist is a licensed healthcare professional who uses music therapy to address a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs, according to the American Music Therapy Association. Many of the emotional effects that music has on people have been demonstrated by studies. Here are some benefits of music therapy for general mental health:
Many of us prefer to plug in our headphones to listen to our favorite songs before heading to bed after a long day. It helps to reduce your stress for the whole day and allows you to fall asleep easily. Research has shown that listening to music reduces levels of cortisol, which is a hormone responsible for stress. It is therefore not surprising that music, an effective type of art in reducing feelings of grief, can also be used to treat physical and mental health problems.
Help with anxiety
Music induces endorphins, also known as the happy hormones, which calm the nervous system and help relieve symptoms of anxiety. Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally, which is considered normal. However, the frequency and intensity of these symptoms are excessive for people who suffer from anxiety disorders. Since music has an immediate and strong influence on our emotions, it helps to calm the individual and improve emotional functions.
Improve symptoms of depression
When used in conjunction with conventional therapies like talk therapy, research shows that music therapy is effective in reducing symptoms of depression. Dopamine, a hormone released by music, and endorphins both contribute to the “feel good” emotions people experience. It also helps encourage self-expression, improves social bonds and improves patients’ moods.
Improves cognitive functions and delays Alzheimer’s disease
Music therapy helps improve the cognitive abilities of individuals and slows the onset of dementia in the elderly. It has a high level of effectiveness in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. According to research, people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can benefit emotionally and behaviorally from singing or listening to music. Musical memories are not disturbed in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas related to musical memory are relatively spared by the disease.
Promotes emotional well-being
Music therapy has long provided comfort to many people struggling with mental illness. If you or a family member or friend suffers from anxiety, hopelessness or low self-esteem, music therapy can help. Music helps people feel more confident, more relaxed, and more emotionally healed. Additionally, music can help those who have been through traumatic events and can help people deal with pressure and stress.
Music therapy can be a beneficial and enjoyable way to alleviate the symptoms of many ailments, including depression, mood swings, and anxiety, although it cannot treat any mental health condition. Through music therapy, people can communicate their feelings and experiences in a special and accessible way. People have been listening to music for a very long time because it can have a beneficial effect on their mood and emotions. Music therapy has a wide range of other benefits besides helping with mental health issues, such as providing a creative outlet, boosting education and cultural awareness, and improving cognitive skills like memory.
(Latha Dara, Connect and Heal Consulting Psychologist)
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