Hello again friends. Today I want to veer off into a completely different direction and talk about a particular subject I’ve been reading about recently. Last week I was doing my usual thing in the evening. I get home from a long hard day of work, put my feet up in front of the television and surf the web. While I’m on the web I mainly like to read articles rather than watch videos. I’m not quite sure how I found it, but I stumbled upon this article that explains why listening to music can have a positive effect on our health.
A few of my friends (we’ve all got a few like this) do not like or listen to music. It’s unbelievable isn’t it? Every time I try and show them something new that I’ve been listening to they tell me they are not interested. I simply don’t understand it. This article I found gave me a bit of hope though. Maybe if I could show them this article and take them through some of its key points, they’ll begin to listen to some music. One of my favourite things to talk about with my close friends is new music we have been listening too, so obviously as it stood, I wasn’t able to have these types of conservation with a small amount of my friends.
I might as well tell you a bit more about the article itself and what it says. It stresses three clear points, in that studies have shown that music can help you in three different ways. Firstly it can help relieve chronic back pain. I know it sounds a bit silly by studies have shown this to be true. Apparently when we listen to slow, calming music, our heartbeat and blood pressure slow right down. This helps us to breathe at a slower pace, which can in turn reduce muscle tension in many areas of your body such as your neck, back and shoulders. Incredible!
Secondly it says that music can help you while you exercise. According to more studies, certain music can help improve your mood, increase your stamina, and is a good way of distracting you from pain and tension you feel in your body during the exercise.
Lastly, and this one may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you, apparently music can help you with memory loss. This makes sense in a number of ways. Firstly songs can trigger old memories. I can’t really explain how it works, but it does. I bet it’s happened to you before, where you hear a song and it somehow brings up a distant memory. For example, I was in the shower listening to some songs from my bluetooth shower speaker only the other day. A song came up on my playlist that I hadn’t heard in a while and it quickly brought up some memories of my time at university.
Another reason why this makes sense is that the area of the brain which processes sound, and hence music is actually next to the area of the brain that is responsible for memory. Who would have guessed that music can have a positive effect on your health in more ways than one! I’ll certainly be making more time for serious music sessions from now on.