I have to admit, music is one of my favourite ways to relax at home. Nothing like Spotify blaring through the house to get me in a good mood.
And I’m not the only one. Most people I know turn to music when their mood is low or if they need a burst of energy that they can’t find anywhere else.
It doesn’t matter who your favourite artist is – Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake – as long as that music makes you feel good. For some of us even Adele’s songs can be uplifting, right?
One of the main reasons music is for the mind comes down to dopamine. Dopamine is a mood-enhancing chemical in the brain and it was discovered in 2011 that music has an ability to release dopamine. So, music literally is a mood-lifter!
It’s not just listening to music that can have a positive effect on your mind and wellbeing. Creating music can be just as fun and healthy for your brain. Artistic abilities help your mind exercise, and this can be important when challenging any growing mental health worries.
You don’t have to be the next Beyoncé. Nobody is expecting that (though wouldn’t it be great if you were?). The idea is to use music as an outlet for your stress and as a way to improve your mental health.
So, if you haven’t already done so, join a singing class or take up the guitar. Or, if you really are musically challenged, knock on your favourite playlist and listen to your heart’s content.
If you are running a music-infused mental health support group or event, let us know so we can add your service to our site!