Embrace music to boost mental health

Barbara Robles Ramamoorthy

Quote by Dr. Aza Allsup

Source: Barbara Robles Ramamoorthy

I grew up in a house where the music never stopped – my dad literally played music all the time, at home, in the car, in his office, and just about everywhere we go. He was always whistling and tapping on rooftops to the tunes of songs. My sisters and I continued this tradition by playing music on the TV or radio while getting ready to go to school or doing our homework. I am no stranger to the soothing, powerful and sometimes healing power of music. However, as a child psychiatrist and public mental health advocate, I rarely see mental health providers and systems that incorporate music into their practices. Why would this be?

I spoke with AZA Allsop, A Psychiatry Resident at Yale University and Researcher in Music Full focus of the mind As an empowering healing practice. Allsop shared his insights into the powerful effects music can have on our minds and lives. He told M., “Music is one of the most powerful stimulants to the brain and the first worldwide forms of therapy included sound.”

When I do a quick search in the scientific literature for music influence Psychiatric treatment On recovering patients, hundreds of articles have appeared, only from last year’s publications. Doctors and researchers have been studying the benefits of music on the body, mind, and clinical recovery. The work shows that doctors use music for patients including those suffering from mental illness, recovering from a stroke, or dealing with Parkinson’s disease, and those recovering from surgical procedures and severe burns, among many others. Benefits are also found in children who are dealing with or recovering from conditions wading Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorders, depressionand more.

Music is a tool that promotes collective healing in families and communities, yet many of us have lost touch with this accessible tool. Here are four easy ways we can incorporate music into our daily lives to promote mental health, healing, and connection:

Background music can help your brain relax, focus, and enjoy the moment. In a crowded world, our brains can move at high speeds for long periods of time, if we allow them to. Mindfulness, or the practice of learning to be an active participant in your present moment, is a gift from the past my soul practices. Community leaders have called for increased mindfulness practice as a public health effort to promote community mental health and general well-being. In schools, this can be easily combined by playing relaxing background music while students are working or when they need room to breathe, literally and figuratively. At work, music can help us focus by eliminating background noise from co-workers. When cooking, cleaning or doing other “normal” activities, music can provide a boost in energy and incentivize while allowing our minds to focus on the task at hand.

It is a tool for the development of mental health and wellness. Music offers easy-to-access batch of files ConfidenceMotivation and empowerment. All of these are important components of our general mental health and wellness. When you are feeling down or the weather is gloomy, notice the change in energy when listening to different genres. Listen to your body’s response and use music strategically to support emotional stimulation when you need it most.

It can strengthen pride and racial empowerment. Racial and ethnic pride have been linked to positive effects on mental health in certain communities. Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other communities of color often struggle to find TV shows, books, or music that represent our cultural backgrounds and values. Music provides an easy way to connect with our countries and culture.

It can foster deeper conversations and bonds with the ones you love. If you find a song that moves you, don’t be afraid to play it for someone you love and share what the song that touched you is all about. You can also use background music strategically to invite emotions that may lead to deeper conversations. The memory These experiences will likely remain in their minds for years to come.

It is a way to encourage the judgment-free movement of our bodies. From an early age, most of us learn whether or not we are “good” at singing, dancing, sports, etc. Instead of using these judgments when engaging with music, give your body the freedom to feel, experience, and move as it pleases. You can create a “safe” space of empowerment to be who you are and move as you please which we rarely experience. Give this freedom to your children, and note without comment how they choose to sing or go to different types of music

Music is a powerful tool that invites us to slow down, look inward, and connect with others. Surprisingly, its therapeutic nature is largely absent from modern society. As caregivers seek to positively influence children, we can use music to expand their horizons, reconnecting with our cultures and spiritual needs—and allowing children to choose music invites them to participate in the experience on a deeper level.