Unwind With Your Favorite Hits: How Music Can Help Reduce Stress

It is hard to find a soul who does not enjoy listening to music. Indeed, music functions as a kind of anatomy of the human soul, expressing the full spectrum of human emotion. In fact, multiple studies have recently confirmed that listening to music can be both physically and mentally beneficial. 

Beats For The Body

Undergoing surgery can be a scary thing, and finding something effective in decreasing the anxiety associated with it is no small thing. According to one study, stress response to ambulatory surgery was observed to decrease unhealthily high blood pressure. Another study found, during taped interventions that were conducted two days after surgery, that almost 90 percent of patients reported that music was helpful in reducing the distress associated with pain.

A similar effect was found among oncology patients, who were found to exhibit significantly improved mood after undergoing music therapy sessions. Music therapy sessions were found to improve mood and quality of life scores in another experimental group, even after the music therapy sessions had ended, in another study.

Music And Mood

In addition to helping relieve the detrimental psychological effects of stressful physiological problems, one study suggests that music has a positive effect on mood for those suffering the more immediate effects of psychological and neurological problems. For example, recreational music-making was found to reduce burnout and improve mood states in first year associate degree nursing students. Mood and burnout levels were assessed with the Profile of Mood States and Maslach Burnout Inventory, which demonstrated notable reduction in multiple mood and burnout dimensions. Improvement in TMD scores was also noted. 

Music Therapy and Children

Music therapy may also be helpful in assisting children suffering from developmental delays. Music therapy seems to have produced a positive effect on personal relationship for developmentally impaired children who were allowed to listen to music, and perform musical instruments. In fact, a further investigation of the data suggests that improvement eye coordination associated with playing an instrument may lessen the severity of negative developmental impairments.