Have you ever heard a song that made you cry? Or sang at the top of your lungs to a favorite song and instantly felt better? Human beings are wired to tune into sound and rhythm, and songs can have such a profound impact on the human psyche that they actually alter our mood and state of being.
If you aren’t sure about that, give it a try – if you’re in a bad mood, how does it feel to listen to a sad or angry song compared to a happy, positive one? We listen to music on the radio, we watch music videos on television and YouTube, and we create our own music through singing and playing instruments. Music is truly ingrained into our culture – and for good reason.
Music Connects Directly with Your Body
Research proves that music can have a profound effect on your body. In fact, researchers at Stanford University have said that listening to music can change brain functioning to the same extent as medication – making it an easily-accessible stress reduction tool.
Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your body, helping you release stress. Whatever type you choose, music can play a role in your recovery and healing.
Music Can Help Heal Pain from the Past
Our society has many issues with expressing emotions. We may hesitate to reach out for help or express when we’re feeling sad, angry, lonely, or depressed. It’s hard to talk about our emotions because we’re frequently told to “keep our chin up” – especially men, who are often taught from a very young age that showing emotion is a sign of weakness. So, how is a person supposed to move on from what’s hurting them if they always keep it hidden inside?
By listening to the right music – the type that inspires and lifts us up, rather than bringing us down and making things worse – we can find greater healing, compassion, and restoration. The next time you’re feeling down, consider playing music that invokes happy memories or carries a positive message to help bring you up. Before you know it, the intensity of the pain you’re feeling will dissipate, and you’ll have more clarity to work through whatever it is that you’re feeling.
If you’re ready to seek help, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today.
At Alta Loma, we focus on treating men with chronic psychiatric conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders. Unlike the majority of dual diagnosis centers that are only equipped to address common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, we go above and beyond the industry standard to provide truly comprehensive care for a wide range of concerns. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.