Do you put on music when you exercise? What about in the daytime or when you are working? Music has the power to evoke a wide range of emotions, from joy to sadness to anger. It can also be a powerful tool for boosting mood.
In this blog post, we will discuss the science behind how music can improve mood and how you can use music to improve your own mental health.
How Music Can Improve Mood
Music can improve mood in a number of ways. First, music can help to regulate emotions. When we listen to music, our brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure and reward. This can help to improve our mood and reduce feelings of sadness, anxiety, and stress.
Second, music can help to distract us from negative thoughts and feelings. When we focus on listening to music, it can be difficult to dwell on our problems. This can be helpful for people who are struggling with anxiety or depression.
Third, music can help to promote relaxation and improve sleep. Listening to calming music before bed can help us to relax and fall asleep more easily.
How to Use Music to Improve Your Mood
There are a number of ways to use music to improve your mood. Here are a few tips:
- Listen to music that you enjoy. The most important thing is to listen to music that you enjoy. This will help you to relax and feel good.
- Take time to research different artists and songs in the styles of music you enjoy – finding new things or taking up recommendations from friends is always enriching
- Listen to music that is appropriate for your mood. If you are feeling sad, listen to sad music. If you are feeling happy, listen to happy music. Or set up a playlist that moves from angry to sad to happy – then listen to it from start to finish and watch your mood improve
- Listen to music in a quiet place, or using good noise cancelling earphones. This will help you to focus on the music and block out distractions.
- Listen to music for a specific amount of time. If you are listening to music to improve your mood, try to listen for at least 30 minutes.
Music is a powerful tool that can be used to improve mood. If you are struggling with your mental health, consider listening to music as a way to improve your mood and well-being.
Here are some additional tips for using music to improve your mood:
- Create a personalised playlist. Gather a collection of songs that you find uplifting, calming, or energising. This can be a great way to tailor your music listening to your specific needs.
- Listen to music while you’re working out. Music can help to motivate you and get you moving. It can also help to block out distractions and help you focus on your workout. If you like to move in time with the music, then you can gradually increase the speed of the music you are listening to as you improve your fitness.
- Listen to music before bed. Calming music can help you to relax and fall asleep more easily.
- Sing along or dance! Singing is a great way to release endorphins and boost your mood, and dancing is an excellent way to move your body and have fun.
Music is a versatile and enjoyable way to improve your mood. Experiment with different types of music and find what works best for you.
Rachel Law is a personal fitness trainer based in New Malden, Surrey. Qualifications: ActivIQ Level 3 Personal Training; Burrell Education Pregnancy Exercise Prescription; Burrell Education Advanced Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner; Burrell Education Advanced Post Natal Exercise Prescription; Burrell Education 3rd Age Women Optimal Health and Nutrition; Burrell Education Peri Natal Athlete; Burrell Education Pelvic Flow and Freedom; Olympic Weight Lifting; Premier Global Kettlebells; FIE Level Assessment and Mentoring