Can Music Reduce Your Stress Levels?

musicIt is difficult to go outside without seeing people plugged into their earphones, be it on trains, buses or even just walking around. This is because everyone is consistently plugged into there music, and it has become portable in a way that has revolutionised how we see it.

These technological advancements are not just arbitrary either. We often listen to music when we want to distract ourselves, meaning that although it is now portable and more readily available through MP3 downloads, the health benefits are still effective.

Now, when you think of music, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t usually the health benefits that it has. Instead, it’s thought of as entertainment, something to keep you amused on the commute to work and to energise you in the morning.

However, for years it has been heralded as a way in which to heal your mental chakra, to tap into memories, and to promote healthy relationships with certain things (i.e overcoming certain fears and phobias).

Music is thought to be healing as it is able to tap into our brains through the melody, pitch, timing and the beat of what is being played.

These things can potentially all work together to provide calm to both your mind and your body, particularly when the right type of music is being played.

This calm that the music delivers is important in fighting off things like stress.

Stress can weaken your immune system and leave you more open and susceptible to viruses and sickness, and so if you work in a high-pressure environment listening to calming music may be extremely beneficial.

Not only can music promote calm, but it also has physical effects and can actually influence your heart rate and reduce blood pressure.

Of course, the types of benefits that music may have does depend on the type, and music can not be used to solve every health issue, but it can help particularly when you are under huge amounts of stress.