Soften your day and soothe your senses with music.
Sounds play an integral part of our daily lives and can affect our health. Sounds can inspire, uplift, and lighten our burdens or they can aggravate, stress and negatively alter our moods. Although you can’t always control discordant sounds and experiences, you can manage the effect they have on your body, mind and spirit. How? Neutralize the assault on your senses by queuing up your defense with favorite tunes.
The best anecdote for dissonance is music. Music has the power to restore harmony and balance to your life and bring you joy. And there are many definitions for music. Simply, music can be defined as an agreeable sound, vocal or instrumental, that produces beauty and harmony. Of course, beauty and harmony are subjective terms. As conductor of your symphony, you have full control of the baton.
Music as Medicine
The health benefits of incorporating music into daily activities…
Did you know that music boasts therapeutic benefits? That’s right—music can become your healing potion. Music has been prescribed to improve the body’s immune system, treat pain and reduce stress. In fact, music therapy is being successfully used for mood disorders, autism, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, stimulating the growth rate of premature babies, and even assisting in plant growth. Music touches the heart and soul. Why? Because it powerfully influences our emotions and possesses the ability to release dopamine and other “feel good” chemicals in the body.
Energize and Inspire
Lively, upbeat music can energize your spirit and help you accomplish mundane tasks. For example, I always dread the thought of cleaning my home. But when I blast my favorite James Brown selections, I get pumped—transforming into a dancing, singing, cleaning fiend! “Ow! I feel good…duh duh duh duh duh duh duh…I knew that I would now…” Cleaning house never felt this good! When I’m done, I’m rejuvenated! Music facilitated an aerobic workout, an elevated mood, fantastic entertainment, a clean house AND energy to spare!
One of the reasons why my Ageless Grace fitness class is effective is because each exercise tool is set to music. My participants have such an enjoyable experience connecting to the classic tunes, they forget they’re also strengthening their joints and muscles.
Calm and Soothe
Soft pieces can relax your mind and stimulate creativity. Consider tranquil music before you start your day, during a midday break and in the evening before bedtime.
I’m a devout jazz fan. The genius of Miles Davis and John Coltrane can be taken auditorily as a sedative without side effects. However, for daily meditation and inspiration, I’d like to share a sampling of other artists who have taken up permanent residence in my queue.
Soothe your soul and sweeten your day with Ann Sweeten’s piano pieces. Listen now to “Shades of September,” a sample selection from her lovely album, A Place in the Sun.
Quiet your evening and slumber into space with Runestone’s New Age music. Enjoy “The Sentient Forest,” just one of many seductive tracks from the album, Sacred Circle.
Lull your worries and comfort your cares with harpist, Georgia Kelly and guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic. The album, A Journey Home, is a peaceful detour from daily duties. And “Requiem,” a mesmerizing piece from the album, Garden of the Sun, will help strum away stressful moments.
There’s definitely a link between sound and health. Indulge your emotions with music. Of course, one woman’s harmony can be another woman’s cacophony. So make no apologies for downloading your own dope-amine on your device! The remedy for what ails you is just a tap away.
What tunes soothe and inspire you? Share your favorite music in the reply section below.
For more inspiration, click here to read a previous post called “Walking Unencumbered,” empowering ways to connect with the sights and sounds in our natural world.
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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”—Joseph Campbell
Love, peace and health,
T. Kari Mitchell
Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach