If you’re a music enthusiast, then you already know that listening to music is an enjoyable pastime. But music isn’t just beneficial for lightening the mood at parties and getting you pumped for a good workout. Music can prove beneficial in all areas of life. Consider cranking up the tunes in the following situations.
When in Recovery
Music has been shown to reduce the perceived intensity of pain in a variety of patients. One study, for instance, looked at patients in recovery after a surgical operation. What they found was that those who listened to music needed less pain relief and reported less anxiety.
Music is also frequently used in geriatric care, intensive care, and palliative medicine. While it doesn’t decrease the length of hospital stays, it can soothe nerves and make recovery a less painful and less stressful process.
When Working Out
Pop and rap songs are common tunes that athletes turn to during their workouts. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out or you need to boost your workout intensity, download a new playlist and bring your music with you to the gym or on the trails.
When listening to the right music while working out, you’ll find you go into your workout with more motivation, you work out harder during it, and you experience more endurance. Music has also been shown to speed up recovery after a workout no matter what type of music you’re listening to.
If you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep at night, soft melodies can help you sleep. According to one study, relaxing classical music played at bedtime had a statistically significant effect on the quality of study participants’ sleep. It also helped reduce depressive symptoms in those same individuals.
If you’ve had a rough day, relax by listening to music. Listening to the right kinds of music, i.e. soothing tones and slow tempos rather than harsh vocals with a fast beat, can have a positive effect on your stress levels.
Music of all sorts can impact your body’s functions, but the right song playing in the background will “trigger biochemical measurable stress-reducing effects in certain individuals,” says one study. To truly enjoy these relaxing effects, take your time to listen to the music and relax your body with it rather than multi-tasking with a stressful task.
When Working or Studying
Instead of listening to the sound of chatty coworkers and constant typing, drown out that noise with some of your favorite tunes. Research shows that music can actually make you more productive. It’s suggested that this is because music boosts your mood, which helps you get more done in less time and at a higher quality.
Opt for happy, non-lyrical beats when completing complex or language-based tasks like writing or reading. Otherwise, pick your preference when you’re performing repetitive tasks. Familiar tunes are best when you’re trying to focus since they will help you relax without distracting you.
If you’re not already cranking up the radio when driving, now may be the time to start. According to one study, listening to music in the car can impact your mood. In turn, this can impact driving behavior.
However, be selective about the music you choose to listen to. If you find that one genre agitates you more than soothes you, then you may have luck changing the station to stabilize your emotions, improve focus, and experience better driving.
Music can have many positive effects on the mind and body. An excited mood makes for better workouts while feeling relaxed can get you more focused.