Listen to music.
This is SUCH a good way to love yourself! According to the NorthShore University HealthSystem, music can have profound effects on people. Take a look at what their researchers found…
It’s heart healthy. Research has shown that blood flows more easily when music is played. It can also reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the blood.
- It elevates mood by boosting the brain’s production of the hormone dopamine, which helps relieve feelings of anxiety and depression. Music is processed directly by the amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved in mood and emotions.
- It reduces stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers.
- It relieves symptoms of depression; it’s a great pick-me-up.
- It stimulates memories. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia but music therapy has been shown to relieve some of its symptoms. Music therapy can relax an agitated patient, improve the mood and open communication in patients.
- It manages pain by reducing stress levels and providing a strong competing stimulus to the pain signals that enter the brain.
- It eases pain. Music can meaningfully reduce the perceived intensity of pain, especially in geriatric care, intensive care or palliative medicine.
- It helps people eat less. Playing soft music in the background (and dimming the lights) during a meal can help people slow down while eating and ultimately consume less food in one sitting.
- It increases workout endurance. Listening to those top workout tracks can boost physical performance and increase endurance during a tough exercise session.
So crank it up! Show yourself some love with those musical tracks.
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What kind of music do you like listening to?