Not too long ago, my brother died and I struggled to find ways to overcome the grief, sadness, and loneliness. Music was among the ways that I got through everyday. At least it helped me express who I really felt when I was alone. Donna Lewis’ Silent World was my constant lullaby – a song that would soothe me and break me at the same time.
A good friend of mine was devastated when her fiancé decided that they shouldn’t get married. I tried to help them fix their issues, convinced them to go to therapy since it may benefit couples who want to be together for life. We’d go out to the beach and listen and sing to the tune of ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.’
Through experience, I can attest that music has its ways of helping us live our lives sanely – one day at a time. It has its ways of energizing or relaxing us when we need to. A study even showed that music has the capacity to improve the lives of the mentally ill in so many ways. Here are some details to prove that.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Decreases cancer side effects. Music therapy has proven to help decrease the discomfort and pain that cancer patients experience. It can be utilized as an adjunct to cancer therapy and tremendously make a difference in improving the quality of their lives. Music also encourages a person to become more expressive, and this can significantly help cancer patients release their stress and anxiety.
Less discomfort experienced in invasive procedures. Studies were performed in individuals who would undergo cardiac procedures, knee surgery, and cardiac angiography. They were asked to stay in a room and listen to some relaxing music before going through the procedures, and the outcome was overwhelming. The pain levels were decreased during surgery. There was also a reported reduction in anxiety and tension levels while they were in the operating room.
A fruitful outlet for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Music therapy successfully aids the elderly in enhancing their cognition. They were found to be able to recall more memories after being encouraged to listen to music regularly. They would sing their favorite songs, improving their mood and promoting relaxation. Music also arouses different emotions and allows them to better communicate with others and themselves.
Combats insomnia. Using music therapy to help cure insomnia is not new. It has time and again proven to improve one’s quality of sleep and reduce the amount of time waiting to fall asleep. Classical or slow music is the genre of choice if you want to successfully get rid of your insomnia. This relaxes and calms the mind, encourages one to release whatever negativity is stuck inside the mind and body.
Improves mood. This is true in individuals with or without mental or physical illness. Upbeat and feel good music can effectively boost one’s mood and behavior. Ironically, not all people prefer to listen to happy songs to help them get over past hurts. According to a study, sad people sometimes feel that they can count on sad songs to make them feel better. Why? Because these songs help them replace the lost relationship.
Whatever genre you want to listen to, whatever emotional state you are in, you can always count on music to make a difference in your life – a positive difference.