Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.
As music can absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction at the same time it helps to explore emotions. This means it can be a great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind wandering.
When people are very stressed, there is a tendency to avoid actively listening to music. Perhaps it feels like a waste of time, not helping to achieve anything. But as we know, productivity increases when stress is reduced, so this is another area where you can gain vast rewards. It just takes a small effort to begin with.
Music has lots of benefits, here are few of them:
- Reducing stress: Music can relax your muscles and help you reduce your breathing rate. Both of these actions are directly related to reducing stress and can assist you in making your life less stressful .
- Makes you happy: Music can stimulate your body to produce seretonin (the happiness hormone) and so elevate your mood.
- Alter your brain waves: Music can alter your brain wave pattern and so elevate your mood even after you stop listening to it.
- Motivates you: I am sure you listened to one or more songs that made you feel more motivated one day.