Music has a great impact on the body and to the soul.   It affect your social and emotional well-being.  Every song you hear can affect you and at times remind you of the different experiences in your life. It can sometimes make or break you. Oftentimes, music can make you feel good and lift your spirits high. Hearing your favorite song can be a delight to your ears, something that will surely make you happy and will improve your day. Read on and learn how music affects you and your everyday life.  As you read, consider how music affects you and also how you can translate that to your students.

Music converts your mood

Music is a powerful language that can convert your mood whether you are listening to it or playing it yourself.  Consider how music can help you to become more self-aware and help you to manage yourself as well.  There is a great variety of music to choose from such as classical, pop, rock, and ballads. Each of them is characterized by different beats and forms that can affect you at that certain moment of your life. Select the playlist that perfectly suits you and let these songs uplift your body and your soul on your lowest moods and celebrate your best moments. This can serve as an effective way to improve your mood while adding up some self-confidence.

Music boosts your immune system

Music can give a boost to your immune system. According to research, listening to music can help fight off diseases due to an increase in the levels of antibodies present in the body. This can help you in faster recovery and reduced inflammation. By just simply singing or listening to music, the cytokines level in your body increases allowing better metabolism and better messaging in the body. Additionally, music has the capacity to reduce the levels of your stress hormones. The decrease in these unwanted hormones also leads to a boost in your immune activities and functions.

Music reassures better communication

Music tends to reassure better communication among people. This is most especially true for a mother and baby’s relationship. Newborns can more easily understand sounds as compared to your spoken words. Thus, it is necessary for mothers to sing or just simply hum to their children to be able to give them the much-needed feeling of security and protection. This is also true for adults. You can show other people how much you appreciate them through music. Composing a melody and singing a song is a more special way to show them how you feel and how you truly value them.  Even just using a more sing-song like version of your spoken words can help to accentuate the positive vibe you may want to convey.

Music balances your emotions

Music is greatly associated with your emotions. It can get your attention and let you explore more of yourself. According to some research, there is music that is carefully created in such a way that it can manipulate the listener. This is the goal of some of the best composers – to affect the brain’s emotional language through the stimulation of the brain circuits and neurons. In the process, the released of several hormones such as oxytocin and dopamine occur. These hormones will not only bring your emotional experience at peak but also your physical experiences to the next level leading to an improvement of overall well-being.  Talk about utilizing music for self-management!

Music alleviates pain

Music is known to reduce pain and treat illnesses. This method has been used for more than hundred years in order to restore the harmony between the mind and body. Recent studies also reveal potential benefits that music can give to humans. The music’s structure and form can give a feeling of security to disabled patients, especially in children, allowing them to communicate and improve their life. Listening to music also helps reduce anxiety especially in patients undergoing surgical procedures. Additionally, music therapy can reduce the distress and sensation experienced during chronic and postoperative pain.

Music reduces stress

Music is known to be an effective tool for stress management. Listening to music, such as the classical ones, can give a calming and relaxing effect on your mind and body. This can affect your physiological functions, lowers your blood pressure, slows down your heart and pulse rate, and reduces your stress hormones level. Music can give a soothing sound that will allow you to imagine good things and slow down for a while to let go of stressful thoughts.

The beneficial effects of music on the mind and body are limitless. Try incorporating music into your everyday life. You can play your favorite music in your car or even during a shower, sing out loud during gatherings, attend music lessons, or join choral groups in your community. These music-related activities will not only give memorable experiences but also beneficial effects to ensure healthier and better lives.

And imagine – If music can do all this for you, just think what it can do for your students as well!

Music is very powerful!  For more about how music and the arts can benefit social-emotional needs, visit teachseal.com!

Liyanna Perry works with Sage Music School which bases lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning.  Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.

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