Written by: Dr. Brei Carter
The connection between mental health and music is undeniable, as countless studies have documented the transformative effects of melodies, harmonies, and rhythms on our emotional well-being. For many individuals, music can help alleviate sources of stress and anxiety, in turn fostering a healthier, happier mental state.
One of the ways music contributes to better mental health is by promoting mindfulness and relaxation. Engaging with calming and soothing tunes can help shift our focus away from daily stressors and anxieties, allowing us to live in the present moment. This can lead to reduced cortisol levels in the body, generating a sense of calm and well-being.
In order to harness the healing power of music, you should begin by reflecting on your personal preferences and identifying the genres and styles that resonate with you the most. Explore various artists and songs, and create personalized playlists designed to uplift or relax you depending on your needs. Additionally, don’t hesitate to participate in music therapy sessions or use music as a complement to other therapeutic techniques, such as meditation and yoga.