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The Ultimate Antidote To Your Mental Illness : Music 

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Whether we are students or working professionals, we often forget that there is a limit to how much our minds can process at once, because of our hectic schedules and that our minds require breaks at regular intervals. And when we fail to give our mind a quick chill time, it then starts to fall apart. We sometimes face issues known as Mental illnesses

Mental Illness

Do you know what Mental illness is? Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behaviour (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Seems like a mess right? like who’d not want to feel good the whole day and worry about everything?

Don’t worry mental illness is just a decease and like every other decease mental illness also has a cure

What if I told you there was a method to prevent it or treat it? The method I’m referring to is music. Before you dismiss me as being cliché read this study posted on The National Library of Medicine stating that:

“Studies on patients diagnosed with mental disorders have shown a visible improvement in their mental health after interventions using music as primary tool. Other studies have demonstrated the benefits of music, including improved heart rate, motor skills, brain stimulation, and immune system enhancement.”

Yes Mental illness has a cure and its Music. Music has a strong psychological impact. Different types of music can have an immediate impact on a person’s mood, allowing them to feel and process a wide range of emotions, including happiness, enthusiasm, melancholy, tranquillity, and thinking.

Making music can be just as therapeutic as listening to it, and music therapy encourages people to actively make music that they find useful.

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Music therapy makes use of music’s remarkable ability to improve a person’s well-being. It is a treatment option in addition to counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Music therapists use a person’s reactions and connections to music to promote beneficial changes in mood and overall mental state. Music therapy might entail listening to music or making music using various instruments. It could also include singing or dancing to music.

It can aid in the development of confidence, communication skills, independence, self-awareness and awareness of others, as well as concentration and attention abilities. Below are some benefits of listening to music

Benefits of Music

Whether you’re stressed or in need of a pick-me-up, even just one song can bring you back to a more balanced and healthy state. Music can help your mental health in the following ways:

Help you Sleep better

Help you Sleep better
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The ability to hear music is dependent on a sequence of steps in which sound waves entering the ear are converted into electrical signals in the brain5. When the brain perceives these noises, a series of physical consequences occur throughout the body. Many of these benefits either directly promote sleep or alleviate sleep-related disorders.

Music causes the production of dopamine, a hormone that is released during pleasurable actions like as eating, exercising, and having sex. This release can improve sleep quality by alleviating discomfort, which is another prevalent cause of insomnia. Music has been shown to reduce acute and chronic physical pain through both physical and psychological responses7.

Lighten Up Your Mood

Lighten Up Your Mood
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According to research, listening to cheerful music can make you feel happier, especially if you aim to raise your mood while you listen. There is also evidence that formal music therapy, when combined with other therapies, can help with depression.

Hearing a music from our youth evokes a torrent of emotions and recollections. Why do such songs have such a deep emotional hold on us? Our brains develop rapidly between the ages of 12 and 22 (thus the term “formative” years), so when we build a connection to a song during that time, it’s a powerful neurological link. The tremendous surge of hormones connected with our adolescent years tells our brains that everything is really essential, including whatever music we’re listening to at the time. That’s why hearing a true return to our high school days is so striking.

Reduce stress

Reduce stress
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Calming music can help you relax if you’re feeling anxious or agitated. Several studies have found that when persons having surgery hear calming music, their blood pressure drops and they require less pain medication than those who do not. But you don’t have to be prepared for surgery to relax with music. Simply listening to music can lower your blood pressure, levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and heart rate.

Music has a powerful impact on both the emotions and the body. Faster music might help you concentrate and feel more awake. Upbeat music can boost your mood and help you feel more hopeful about life. A slower cadence will calm your thoughts and relax your muscles, making you feel comforted and relieved of the day’s stress. Music can help you relax and manage your stress.

A pro suggestion listen to lo-fi music it’ll help a lot, my fav lo-fi channel is Chill Street here the link to a playlist created by him:

Tips to Use Music to Improve Your Well-Being

Music therapists can assist you in determining how to use music to improve your mental health. This sort of therapist studies music and listening in order to help clients comprehend and process their emotions. Music therapy, like standard mental health counselling, is tailored to the client’s specific needs.

Or you can find a good playlist or bunch of songs and create your own playlist.

Relaxing Music Helps a Lot

Relaxing Music Helps a Lot
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The ideal music for stress reduction is the music that you enjoy. If you’re not sure where to begin, look for music with a beat rate of around 60 beats per minute. According to researchers, this tempo is ideal for promoting alpha brainwaves, which indicate a relaxed and conscious mind. 

The sounds of nature help us concentrate. Rain on a window, a running river, and other soothing sounds of nature can have a cathartic effect on our bodies. It’s as though we’re going back in time. It focuses us while also liberating us.

Serotonin and endorphin levels rises. Endorphins and serotonin are two chemicals that aid in the induction of sleep. They are also neurotransmitters.

Music from a calming and relaxing niche will elicit recollections from beats to lyrics to tunes. Music and musical instruction have also been found to protect and maintain the health of the ageing brain.

A beat allows you to express yourself

A beat allows you to express yourself
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To make music, you don’t have to be a trained musician. Anyone can pick up a rhythm instrument, such as a drum or a rain stick, and make rhythms that are sad, furious, joyous, or thrilled. Ever caught yourself catching up to beats and rhythm and felt elated? It happens pretty often isn’t?.

Try this music therapy technique: Get some rhythm instruments and make the sounds of a storm by yourself or with a few pals. Allow the storm to become more and less powerful, raging for a time before calming down. Make rhythms that convey the emotions you’ve been experiencing. If you choose, you can discuss your emotions once the constructed storm has passed.

The Limits of Music as a Mood Enhancer


If you let it, matching music to your present mood might feel validating, but it can also leave you stuck in a poor emotional state.

When you’re upset, you can still listen to a sad music or blast some hard metal. Just be aware of where it’s leading you and switch to something else if you find yourself getting stuck.

It’s also worth noting that, while music can be a powerful tool for regulating and adjusting your emotions, it’s not a replacement for mental health care. Consider speaking with a competent mental health professional if you are having upsetting emotional experiences that are interfering with your ability to operate.

If you feel like you have any of the mental illness listed on google. Listen to these playlists and more you’ll find instant relief.

Here is a short playlist to help you out: {PS: enjoy 😉}

Conclusion

Music helps a lot it helps you concentrate and stay positive throughout the day, what I’d recommend is try listening to music whenever you feel low. It’ll definitely lighten up you mood.

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