How Engaging in Playing Can Help Our Brains
We have talked in length about the benefits of listening to music to help our mental health. We have touched on the idea of going to live shows to find a connection and put your mind at ease. Connecting with a musician can help us develop a better state of mind, but there is more to it than that. Today, we want to talk about becoming a musician yourself. Being able to play a musical instrument and create your own songs is an incredible blessing. All throughout school, we are exposed to music and instruments. In many cases, we are even encouraged to try our hand at playing one. Unfortunately, many people don’t carry these lessons beyond the classroom. We get caught up in other hobbies and activities that provide instant gratification. Playing an instrument takes a lot of time and practice. You have to work hard to keep getting better. When our sources of inspiration are already at a high level of play, it can be easy to feel defeated. What if we told you that you don’t have to be the best musician to still get something from playing music? Just strumming some chords, playing a few keys, or hitting a couple notes is enough to help your mind and body feel more at ease.
What do the studies say?
Studies have shown that engaging in playing music at a young age can help keep our minds sharp. While we may think that playing music is a physical exercise, it can also be an incredible mental exercise. While playing music, our brains are wholly engaged in knowing the right note to play next. We must pay attention to having our hands in the correct position and remembering the words. Playing music engages our brain in a meaningful way. This exercise means that, as we age, our brain will be in better shape. As we continue to practice and learn more about our instrument of choice, we can create alternative brain connections. We are making our brain more capable of dealing with the consequences of aging.
This doesn’t just apply to those of us who picked up an instrument at a young age. Making music engages us, allowing us to express ourselves in a way that we weren’t able to before. Playing music can help us lower blood pressure, decrease our heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen the effects of anxiety and depression. All of these things help with a better state of mind, and we also experience physical benefits. We can engage in it when we’re alone, and we don’t have to perform our music for anyone. This means that we don’t have to be the best at playing. Instead, we can be as good as we want to help ourselves. No one else matters.
Treatment applications of music therapy
These benefits are why music therapy is being used more and more for treatment. It helps promote memory, mental stimulation, and helps us calm ourselves in our most stressful moments. It can be incredibly useful in the treatment of dementia as it helps with boosting memory but also in promoting a sense of self in the patient. But those advantages apply to people with other conditions as well. Music can help us continue to develop a better understanding of ourselves and find ways to live a healthier life. Music therapy is an excellent new choice for those of us seeking treatment.
As we have said before, music is one of the most beautiful and powerful gifts we have in this world. It empowers us, teaches us, moves us, and calms us. It is something that we can seek out when we are feeling sad, or when we are feeling happy. It purges us of anger, and it fills us with hope. Listening to it and playing it will give all of us these feelings, and it can help make our lives so much better. Playing music when we are young can help us deal with the impacts of aging. Likewise, picking up an instrument as an adult can promote excellent mental health. It helps stimulate our brains and allows us to tackle more complicated challenges. Letting the music move us is more than just feeling, it is self-improvement. It helps us grow and makes us better version of ourselves. When we are going through treatment, that is one of the most important things.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]