Music can directly affect mental health


Mood-boosting music, or listening to favorite artists, can be great resources and ways to decrease anxiety and depression. 

Music has many positive effects on people’s mental health because of the many opportunities and positivity it can spread. Whether listening to or making music, everyone has some connection to the joy it creates. 

The opportunities for self-improvement that come from music are endless. Expressing emotions through music is a way to find confidence, and can show listeners what they like, and what they want to be. 

Music is a complex thing that can introduce many emotions. Relaxing music can give a sense of peace to help anyone with trouble sleeping. According to the Sleep Foundation, “music enhances sleep because of its effects on the regulation of hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol.” Listening to music can decrease the levels of cortisol, leading to a calmer state of mind. 

Motivation can be brought about by music in many cases. Simply trying to get out of bed in the morning, or trying to get through a workout can feel easier with the help of music. Music can pump people up and give them the extra energy they need to accomplish something. 

Even if an individual does not know how to play an instrument or sing well, it can still be a beneficial opportunity to connect with their abilities and feel a sense of accomplishment as they learn to sing a higher or lower note or play a song on an instrument. This engages the brain, giving it a good distraction, and reducing mental pain. 

Aside from promoting feelings of motivation, triumph, or relaxation, music can improve and benefit mental health with its ways of uplifting. Listening can calm nerves, bring joy to those struggling and distract those battling a mental illness. 

There is not a miracle song to sing or play that will fix all problems, but giving it a try and exploring music can be a big help and can lead anyone in the right direction of improving their mental health.