The Impact of Music on Mental Health (Part 2)

Research has shown that Music is good for the soul and the mental health of all. Music has its effects on our emotional state and overall well-being. Let’s take a deeper look at the profound impact of music on our mental health.

Music eases anxiety: Research has shown that adding music therapy to a patient’s regular treatment can improve depressive symptoms compared with standard treatment alone. Studies also indicate that music therapy can decrease anxiety levels and improve day-to-day functioning in people with depression.

Music helps you express difficult emotions: With the use of lyrics, music explains our feelings and helps us understand what we are going through.

Music improves memory: Studies have shown that “music doesn’t just help us retrieve stored memories, it also helps us lay down new ones.” It provides a total brain workout and engages multiple areas of the brain.

Music builds communities: Music stirs up and produces feelings of a sense of belonging and shared experiences that strengthen a sense of community among people and do wonders for their mental health.

Overall, music can have a positive impact on our lifestyle, mental health, and well-being particularly in reducing stress and anxiety. Music can be a valuable tool for managing our emotions and improving our mental health, sleep quality, and improving memory. It inspires, evokes memories, stir emotions, and brings peace.

MiHI, a mental health organization specializing in music therapy, passionately promotes the widespread adoption of music as a powerful tool for enhancing mental well-being in our community. I urge individuals of all ages – children, teenagers, young adults, and seniors – to recognize and embrace the profound positive effects music can have on their mental health, encouraging an open-minded approach to this transformative aspect of self-care.”

By Iseoluwa Akinduko
For Music in Healthcare Initiative – MiHI

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