10 Health Benefits Of Listening To Music

Listening to music can be a lot of fun – and it can also bring plenty of health benefits too. 

woman listening to music

Below, I explore 10 health benefits you can enjoy as you listen to your favourite artists.

Boosts mood

For a start, music has the power to boost our mood and make us feel happier. It’s hard to imagine hearing your favourite song and not enjoying a burst of excitement as you listen to it. Why not blast it out on your record player and enjoy that buzz yourself!

Connects us

Music can bridge gaps between people and help us become closer. If you have a shared music taste then suddenly you can bond with people very quickly.

Alleviates depression

Research has shown that music can help soothe the symptoms of depression. Whether you’re listening to relatable or feel-good songs, music can soothe muscle tension, boost creativity, improve self-esteem and provide you with a safe emotional release.

Improved exercise

Research has also shown that music can help make your exercise more effective. Music can help create a rhythm response where your muscles work to keep in time with the beat. This can make the body more efficient with energy and provide you with the motivation to work for longer.

Reduces stress

Some calming slower music can also help reduce stress. If your mind is going at 100mph it’s always helpful to put something relaxing on and slow your thoughts down. Music triggers biomechanical stress reducers and should be one of your first ports of call when it’s all getting too much.

Provides comfort

Music can also be a source of comfort for you at any moment. Everyone has those songs that can make them feel better and more relaxed during trying times.

Stimulates memories

Songs can carry potent memories with them. Perhaps there are songs that remind you clearly of your childhood. Or maybe you have some songs that remind you of your days at university. Either way, music is a wonderful way of connecting with your past.

Keeps your brain healthy in old age

Music can be a useful remedy for people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s a useful way for people to recall lost memories and maintain cognition as they enter old age.

Can boost heart health

Blood flows more easily when music is played. This can help reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the blood.

Far from being just a nice distraction, music actually has many clear mental and physical benefits. Just listen to your favourite album today and you’ll quickly notice the benefits.

*Collaborative post

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