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  • Writer's pictureValerie Petry

Music and Well Being

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

For those of you who are just joining my blog, "hey y'all!!". I meditate on a daily basis, and most of the time when I do I'm listening to music. I swear it can be the key to opening my soul. I've been listening to music intentionally since I was like nine years old. I didn't realize until recently how much of that time I was actually meditating! I always saw my dad sitting to his stereo system with these huge headphones on his head. I always thought he looked so cool, but also so happy and content. So I started listening with them too! lol I was so into R&B and classical music. I can't remember exactly who the artists were, but one day my dad gave me one of the best gifts I have ever received as a kid. A BOOMBOX!!! lol He said I had taken over his stereo! lol

This is pretty much how mine looked! But it had a handle so I could bring it anywhere I wanted. I lived in a rural area, and I spent a lot of my time as my grandparents property. Sometimes I would lay a blanket under one of the many trees out there, turn on my music, and just enjoy my surroundings.

There are so many benefits of listening to music. It reduces anxiety and improves your mood. It boosts the production of dopamine and helps the amygdala, the part of the brain involved in mood and emotions. Listening to music can improve the quality of your sleep. There are different frequencies in certain types of music that can motivate deeper sleep. Listening to music can reduce blood pressure and pain. It's very "heart healthy" by fostering better blood flow in the body. I can definitely attest to that!

Music can also improve mental alertness and memory retention. It has been shown in studies of patients with Dementia that it can ease an agitated patient. It can also cause them to remember certain things easier where they can effectively communicate with people. Did you know it can help you eat less? It's said that if you play soft music and eat your meal under a dimmed light at the same time, it makes you eat slower and consume less. Hmmm, that's interesting.

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