C.U.E. Tip – Music and Health

music and health picOur work for the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. community is rewarding, but can be equally stressful. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, depression, weight gain/loss, and it can decrease our ability to heal (not only physically, but mentally as well).

Have you ever turned up the music in your car or room to a favorite song, after a stressful day and felt your stress melt away? Did you know that music is beneficial to our health? Music can improve our immune system and reduce our levels of stress. USA Today published an article describing 20 surprising health benefits of music. Here are a few highlights from the article:

Reduce stress. Research has found that listening to music can relieve stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers.

Ease pain. Music can meaningfully reduce the perceived intensity of pain, especially in geriatric care, intensive care, or palliative medicine (an area of healthcare that focuses on preventing and relieving the suffering of patients).

Increase workout endurance. Listening to those top workout tracks can boost physical performance and increase endurance during a tough exercise session. This works partly through the power of distraction: When we’re focusing on a favorite album, we may not notice that we just ran an extra mile.

Reduce anxiety as much as a massage. One study found that music’s effect on anxiety levels is similar to the effect of getting a massage. Here’s an idea: Treat yourself to a massage and bring your favorite chilled out tunes to play during the session. Double the relaxation!

For music lovers, this is an added bonus, for non-music lovers this a reason to start loving it. To view the rest of the article please visit this link.

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