The Healing Power of Music
The power of music is undeniable. For many it represents freedom of expression when all other freedoms have been taken away from them. For others it stands for change and strength. It can help heal a broken heart, or make us feel less lonely. But most importantly it brings happiness into our lives every day, whether we know it or not.
Mystics, sages, and shamans have all used music in their rituals, believing in the power of melody and words to heal. Even today many organisations use music as a healing tool. Medical and psychiatric hospitals, assisted living facilities, cancer centres are all using music to reduce physical and mental pain. The applications of music therapy are numerous, and people all around the world are benefiting from its healing power.
Music, the great stress reliever
Avoiding the stress of our everyday life has become an art form in its own right. No matter how hard we work on ourselves it can still be difficult to manage the way we feel and act in highly stressful situations. Life is getting busier and more stressful and music can be an excellent addition to your stress management routine. Put on a pair of headphones, play your favourite number, close your eyes and just breathe to the rhythm.
Do yourself a favour and create your ideal stress management playlist. We are all different, and the genres of music that relax us vary, so it is always good to have your favourite tunes close by. Listening to it is bound to help you to take a step back, and start dealing with the problem at hand. Don’t forget, timing is everything, so put your music on as soon as you start feeling anxious, and you’ll see an improvement right away.
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Rediscover yourself through music
Creating music is a great means of self-expression, you can make music using an instrument, singing or just taping on furniture. And if you think you lack musical talent, you can always express your emotions by making music mixes containing the songs that best convey your feelings.
Music is known to bring up a memory of a person or an event that we thought was long forgotten. By doing so it helps us reconnect to the people we lost, or transports us to a happy place from our childhood. It can also be great for meditation, since a lot of people don’t feel quite comfortable with meditating in silence. Choosing the right relaxing and soothing music can enhance the positive effects of meditation and help us reach the desired goal.
It helps us come out of our shell
Not all of us are comfortable in crowds, or we might have a problem meeting other people. This is where music can be our greatest ally. The energy of a great concert can help us open up. Singing with the people around us, feeling the positivity and happiness can be just what we need to not feel alone.
Music can also be a great conversation starter. Sharing your musical choices with someone you like, discussing the music, lyrics and the artists. This opens a door to making a deeper connection with people, enriching our lives and healing our souls.
These are just some of the healing powers music has to offer. We are the ones who need to discover the perfect way music can aid us on our journey towards happiness. It might be dancing in our underwear around the house to Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’. Or daydreaming about our next trip while resting in the garden with a pair of headphones. There is no limit to what music can do to better our mental and physical health, we just need to let it.
How do you use music to feel better?
Confident Life Contributor