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Does Listening To Music Help Beat Stress?

By Sripriya Satish

From time immemorial, music has been the ultimate gift to mankind! In this fast-paced and mechanical world where we are stressed out most of the time, music can be food for the soul.

The healing power of music has mesmerised almost all of us and words just cannot express the emotions and feelings that flow through our body when we listen to our favorite musical tune.

It knows no boundaries and can have an upper hand in unifying mankind under one single roof.

Music can also be a powerful stress buster. A lot of people who are stressed feel that listening to music would be a waste of time as there is a lot of work to be carried out.

But in reality, music increases one's productivity, thereby, reducing stress.

Let us see the ways in which music soothes our inner feelings and how it can act as a powerful therapeutic tool.

Listening To Music Affects Brain Waves:

Here is good news for all the music lovers! Various scientific studies have shed light on the fact that music has positive effects on the brain.

Before we proceed further let us understand what a brainwave really is. Brainwaves are caused by electrical signals which the brain cells use to communicate. These signals are detected by an instrument called electroencephalography (EEG) and they are depicted in the form of waves.

Now, let us see how music affects these waves. It is proven by experts that music can alter the frequencies of the brainwave for good. It can induce a relaxed state of mind, thereby, reducing stress.

We might be aware of the fact that music can be composed in different frequencies and each of these frequencies can have their own positive effect on the brainwaves.

Listening To Music Affects Breathing And Heartbeat:

Scientific studies have made great strides in researching the impact of musical effects on the heart and breathing.

Researchers have found out that fast-paced music accelerates heartbeat and breathing, while relatively slow meditative music can bring about slower breathing and heart rate, thus, inducing relaxation in the mind of the listener.

Studies also indicate that listening to the rhythm of music for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day can bring about slowing down in the rate of heartbeat. Thus, to conclude, music can definitely affect one's rate of heartbeat according to the genre of music one chooses to listen.

Music Helps Overcome Fear And Frustration:

Music can help to overcome feelings of fear and frustration. For instance, when you are stuck in traffic or under a stressful situation, resorting to musical beats can be the best choice.

Music not only soothes the tensed nerves but also helps to maintain calmness, coolness and composure of any individual. It has a direct link to human emotions.

In short, a lot depends on the kind of music you hear. For relaxing the mind and the muscles of the body with music, a slower tempo would be ideal.

Replacing the noise pollution with music which is nearest to your heart can go a long way in beating stress and improving the overall well-being. Music also decreases the levels of stress hormones.

To conclude this article, we would suggest an empathetic 'yes', that listening to music definitely unwinds one's broken spirits and uplifts the mood to fight back stress.

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Story first published: Monday, August 28, 2017, 19:00 [IST]
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