As someone who spends way too much time being depressed and suffering from anxiety about the state of the world – and other things that I can really do little about, I do my best to listen to music that is designed specifically to soothe, relax and bring about a peaceful frame of mind. Because of this I was wondering if listening to certain kinds of music had been found to scientifically improve mood and health. So, of course, I looked into it.
So, what I’ve discovered is that yes music is a valid, scientific way of improving health. It is used in a variety of medical situations including depression, anxiety, autism, dementia, brain development and sleep disorders. It is also used in the premature baby ward in many hospitals to help promote the growth and health of these babies. Different types of music also enhance different feelings; for example, rock music increases the heart-rate and can either agitate or energize. Personally, I try to usually listen to peaceful and relaxing music since I’m just a bit hyper and on edge naturally.
Do you purposefully listen to different types of music to either energize or to relax? Let me know in the comments below.