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The Mellow Effect Of Music On Stress!

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Dr. Rakhi Anand 93% (379 ratings)
PhD - Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Clinical and Community Psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, BA - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi  •  29 years experience
The Mellow Effect Of Music On Stress!
  • Music is a major relaxation technique used across different age groups. Music helps in soothing the mind and release many “feel good” hormones.
  • The use of listening to music as an economic, non-invasive, and highly accepted intervention tool has received special interest in the management of stress and stress-related health issues.
  • Current findings indicate that music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronise with the beat causing alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 - 14 hertz or cycles per second). This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious.
  • To induce sleep (a delta brainwave of 5 hertz), a person may need to devote at least 45 minutes, in a relaxed position, listening to calming music.
  • Listening to music triggers the release of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness and excitement.
  • Listening to music can lower your body’s levels of cortisol, a hormone that can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • In high-stress situations such as surgery, music has been proven to keep patients’ stress levels under control.
  • As a result of stress and anxiety reduction, music can also contribute to better sleep habits.
  • Listening to music before going to bed has been shown to improve sleeping patterns and can be used to treat insomnia.
  • Since sleeping is another natural stress-reducer, the cycle of listening to music to reduce stress will also result in lower stress levels experienced as a result of better sleep habits.


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