The power of music cannot be overstated. Your mood will improve and your heart will mend as well. The power of music to cope with life’s peaks and valleys has been around for centuries. The field of mental health has only recently begun to explore the influence of music in fighting depression and anxiety. Health care professionals use music therapy to promote mental health, functioning, and well-being among individuals who wish to become healthier, more functional, and happier.
What does music therapy entail?
Music is used to enhance the overall mood and well-being of an individual through clinical and research-based practices. Typically, music therapists use a variety of music-making techniques as part of their support and treatment plans for their clients. As well as helping to develop constructive and positive coping strategies, music therapy is a creative and holistic approach to healing.
Music therapy types
Based on specific cases and treatment strategies, there are different types of music therapy. Music therapy can benefit anyone, whether they suffer from substance abuse, depression, anxiety, neurological diseases, autism, insomnia, personality disorders, and dementia. Since music triggers positive emotions in the brain and activates reward centers, music can be used to help patients by:
- Chanting or singing
- while playing a musical instrument
- Dance to music
- Writing songs
- Meditation and relaxation to music
When music can help
Music enhances intelligence, focus, improves mental health, boosts immunity and boosts confidence and self-esteem. Relaxation, mood-boosting, and concentration can be achieved by using it. In addition to aiding in insomnia, music can also help induce deep sleep. People often say that music serves as an escape from reality.’ It helps to transport them quickly and easily to another place, time, or memory. The benefits of music therapy include:
- The benefits of listening to classical music for focusing on work or study have been well documented. The brain processes information more efficiently when the music tempo is set to 60 bpm. EDM (electronic dance music) has also been shown in studies to improve student focus.
- As an outlet for emotion and creativity, music is an effective way to communicate without saying a word. Music is an effective non-verbal way to express emotions too complex to explain. You can play a playlist with friends or strum your guitar to express your emotions.
- In order to lift our mood, we listen to uplifting songs that engage the brain and cause it to release feel-good hormones.
- The use of binaural beat music like subliminal and ambient music has been found to help with anxiety and low self-confidence. A state of mind that is more sharpened and confident is achieved by using alpha waves in the range of 8-14 Hz. It is ideal for anxious or fearful people to listen to the binaural beat and isochronic tone music.
- Meditative music boosts our mood and induces relaxation in the body and brain. Several studies have shown that calming sounds from nature, piano, and the sound of string instruments can help you relax.
- Music is a powerful tool for expressing anger and reducing negative emotions. We can find comfort and relief from stress and anger by listening to ‘angry’ music.