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Music is a language anyone can understand: It speaks to our brains in powerful, beautiful ways. It jump-starts our emotions, creativity, memory, and quality of life. With mental health awareness on the rise and teens wanting to take care of their well-being, what can music do to affect the human brain positively?
It takes a lot of work for teenagers to juggle high school with extracurriculars, work, social life, and home responsibilities. These tasks add up, and they can prove to be very daunting, especially to someone struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, or family issues. While music may not be a permanent fix for these challenges, it can help get the ball rolling on tackling the mountains of work that teenagers face.
Bright musical tones and up-tempo jams are good to lighten the mood and bring motivation. Research shows that classical and ambient music has the best mood-boosting benefits; they can be the best for focusing. If you ever feel stuck in the mud, putting on some of your favorite tunes or some deep ambient music might do the trick!
Music Helps Your Mood and Expression
The art in music comes from personal expression. Personal connections can occur whether you are singing, playing, or listening to music. People listen for different reasons, some may listen to a certain genre to seek a more positive mood, but others may pick something that might enhance their misery.
Regardless, this is a great way to express any feelings you are having that are pent up inside your mind, especially if you confide in the lyrics and message. This will release negative emotions and provide you with a feeling of not being alone. Music can alter moods or reinforce a current perspective.
While it is essential to want to use music to connect with our inner struggles, it is equally important to use music to strengthen positive emotions. You can use happy songs to release feel-good hormones and turn a dark mood into a brighter one or enhance a current good mood. So listen to music on both good and bad days, and find things you connect with personally. It helps your brain out!
Music Provides Stress Relief
Music is the perfect outlet for stress relief. Of course, it is similar to just making your mood happier, but music can go deeper than that. Studies have proven that relaxing music can have a positive, calming effect on how humans respond to stress, specifically in the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system is responsible for heart rate, metabolism, breathing, and emotional responses. This means that music can relax the body physically and allow your mind to be at ease. Lowering stress levels can help with feelings of anxiety or worry that are common to teenagers. Take time to catch a breather! Throw on a relaxing slow jam and take in the music. Your mental being will thank you!
Take Charge Of Your Mental Health
Mental health in teens is of the utmost importance that the media or society can often overlook. Make sure you take proper care of yourself and get the help you need. Support can be found in a parent, trusted friend, or licensed counselor, but you must reach out. Music is one way to make a difference on the road to a healthy mental state. Songs can relieve stress, help you focus, bring motivation, and strengthen or alter moods. Music is powerful, beautiful, and universal!