Mind Health Editorial

Mindful Music

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What’s a good way to “exercise” the brain?

Listen to music. According to one Johns Hopkins otolaryngologist, “there are few things that simulate the brain the way music does.” Music not only offers benefits such as stress relief and calming, but it can also improve memory and help you to think more clearly. It’s a great way to keep your brain engaged and give it a workout as you get older.

Research is still being conducted to understand the full effects of music on the brain, and how the brain reacts to hearing music. There are research studies that show listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain; while improving mood, sleep, concentration and learning abilities.

It’s not crazy that your child likes to listen to music while studying, or writing that paper for school. Many medical facilities have patients listen to music before surgery to reduce anxiety over an upcoming procedure, and it's used during many medical therapies. Music can improve your mood, can help you to recall past memories, or motivate you during a workout.

Here are some ways to incorporate music into your life:

1.       Concentration & Creativity

Find a style of music that you can work or study to and play it in the background. Try different types until you find the one that works best.

2.       Relaxation

Spend a few minutes each day sitting and listening to calm relaxing music. You can even add deep breathing or basic meditative practices during this time.

3.       Motivation

Add uplifting music to your workout or physical tasks to help keep you inspired to complete the task, or work at an energized pace.

To learn more about the benefits of music on the brain, visit:

Hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_mind/keep-your-brain-young-with-music

Bebrainfit.com/music-affects-brain

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