When looking for abstract forms of art therapy, consider music as a core ingredient.
Why? Because our body responds to it naturally and involuntarily. Just think about when you are walking down the street and you listen to a tune: unconciously you start walking to the beat. Also, consider your memories, how well your brain associates a specific song to a moment in your past.
Read the following list and discover how music could help you with stress, anxiety, depression or hurtful memories.
7 reasons to consider music for your well being.
- Music precedes language.
Physiologic response to music.
Music is felt emotionally.
When you were a baby you often listened to lullabies. It was easier for you to go to sleep with a song than with your mother’s words.
Now, as an adult you could use that fact to use music to cope with your feelings. Put on some warm tune for when you are feeling blue. You would feel supported without the use of words.
- Entrainment of our body to rhythm.
Some of the music we listen to goes to motor nerves. That’s why our body moves without us thinking about it.
A good beat will make you move to a steady rhythm. Are you cold or don’t want to get out of bed? Play the sound of a disco song for example.
- Music helps with attention.
Do you get distracted with a good song? Use this in the opposite way. Use a song concentrate while going through your daily goals.
- Neurons for speech are linked to music neural circuits.
- Music taps to memories.
Music and memories are linked together. Use that for when you are feeling stressed. Use a song that remembers you of a peaceful moment in your life.
- Music is organised and predictable: our brain likes that.
Our brain copes with music because rhythm has a constant beat. Our brain likes predictable and reliable things.
- Music can express different emotions.
Music is motivating because we easily can feel a deep association.
Comment below and share. How do you relate to music?