When it comes to music, we have all experienced emotional moments when listening to a song triggers a memory, experience or feeling. I can hear “Dancing Queen” by Abba and be transported to my childhood living room and the record player, hear any Randy Travis song and be reminded of road trips with my girls (yes, I forced them to listen to it and they know all the words!) and when I hear “I Want to Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston, I am reminded of high school dances with my friends. Music is uplifting and feeds our comfort system, making an important impact on our mental health:
- music engages areas of the brain responsible for memory and increasing the efficiency of brain processing.
- music elevates mood and aids in relaxation.
- music has the ability to transform a good experience to an unforgettable one.
- music can aid in motivation – throw on some good tunes when you have to clean the house!
- all forms of music have been shown to have therapeutic effects.
Incorporating music in our self-care routine is one that is so simple and yet so beneficial. So turn on the tunes; it will do you good!
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