My recent blog was on depression and the search for help in a society gone totally beyond the limits of real sanity was formidable. I was amazed at the clicks on this particular blog worldwide. This must say something about those who find this topic a need in their lives. Today, I want to post the opposite of stress…and that is stress release. How does music play a part in healthy bodies, mind and even our souls?
Recently, I saw a video on those suffering with early dementia and Alzheimers. The therapy was in music. Singing brought the memory of words flowing out of the mind. Even the faces of the people dealing with this very difficult condition were filled with a happiness and joy as they sang.
A good article is by Cassandra Shepherd on the neuroscience of singing.
“The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified.”
I am convinced that music is either grating or a soothing medication. How often do we try to enjoy a meal at a restaurant and the music is too loud with little melody and sometimes ridiculous words. So much for the peaceful, relaxing meal. Forget a healthy, mentally stimulating conversation. Don’t be afraid to ask kindly a server to lower the music. After all, you are the customer who will either return or not.
Words, sounds and life, in general, can bring on stress, which we must fight each day. Determine to make your life different as well as those who are around you. Tell a waitress or friend that they are doing a good job or that they have a great smile. They won’t forget it and you may have just given them the thoughts to live a happier day. This has nothing to do with music, but the power of kind words also is a stress releaser.
A suggestion for your peaceful day is to intentionally fill your space with lovely music. If you can only listen, then do so. If you can see beautiful pictures to go with the music, absorb that also. Here is one of my favorites.