Written by: Dr. Brei Carter

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders, affecting millions of people worldwide. While there are many treatment options available, including therapy and medication, music can also be an effective tool for managing symptoms.

Research has shown that listening to calming music can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is because music can slow down our heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, inducing a sense of relaxation and calm. Listening to music can also distract us from negative thoughts and emotions, allowing us to focus on something positive and up-lifting.

Playing an instrument or singing can also be an effective way to manage anxiety and depression. These activities can release endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals, reducing stress and improving mood. They can also provide a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, boosting self-esteem