Music Therapy For Stress Reduction
MAY 26, 2021
Dr Rutuja Dhamale,
“What music do you want to listen to?”
“I’ve had a very long day, I’d like go with a smooth Jazz”
Isn’t music the first thing you always turn to when you’re feeling low or when you’re out for a drive? Surprisingly, also the best motivator during work outs to perform that extra push up. For someone who is not a very music enthusiast, nature has its own ways to amuse them by offering a variety of music ranging from the chirping of the birds, the humming of the bees, the music of the leaves, the thunder before the rains and the sound of the sea waves.
You’ll be posting loads of engaging content, so be sure to keep your blog organised with Categories that also allow visitors to explore more of what interests them. These are the few instances that make us realise the impact of Music in our lives. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quieten your mind and relax your muscles, while releasing the stress of the day. Although these experiences are also subjective.
Seventeenth century English dramatist William Congreve was way ahead of his time when he wrote, “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” Or maybe he was just the first music therapist.
What Does A Music Therapist Do ?
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment which includes creating music, singing, moving towards, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy can provide avenues for communication for those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. It is not mandatory for the client to possess any prior music related skills to receive the therapy.
Types Of Music Therapies
The intervention methods employed in music therapy can be roughly divided into active and receptive techniques.
1. Active: When a person is making music, whether by singing, chanting, playing musical instruments, composing, or improvising, that person is using active techniques. For example, chanting of ‘Om’ to reduce stress levels.
2. Receptive: On the other hand, listening to and responding to music, such as through dance or the analysis of lyrics can be classified under receptive techniques.
Active and receptive techniques are often combined during treatment, and both are used as starting points for the discussion of feelings or emotions. For example, music therapist provides music that matches their client’s mood in order to connect with them, then gradually changes the music to help the client shift to a different mood. Thus, Music helps the person feel better.
Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
– American Music Therapy Association
So what type of music reduces stress the best? Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums, and flutes are very effective at relaxing the mind even when played moderately loud.
How Do You Choose The Relaxation Music That Is Best For You ?
The answer partly rests with you. You must first like the music being played, and then it must relax you. You could start by simply exploring the music on the internet. Some may relax you, some may not. Forcing yourself to listen to relaxation music that irritates you can create tension, not reduce it. It is important to remember that quieting your mind does not mean you will automatically feel sleepy. It means your brain and body are relaxed, and with your new calm self, you can then function at your best in many activities.
How Can You Inculcate Music Therapy In Your Everyday Life ?
When Getting Ready in the Morning
You can wake yourself up with music and start your day feeling great. By selecting the right music, you can set the tone for a lower-stress day.
Classical or instrumental music can help you wake up while keeping you calm and focused. If you have a big, busy day ahead that requires extra energy, try something that’s upbeat and makes you want to dance and smile.
During a Commute
Put an end to road rage by singing along to your favourite sound tracks. You will arrive less stressed and more prepared to take on what awaits you.
It is said that your mood affects your food too. If you put on some smooth jazz or a similar genre of music that you enjoy, cooking becomes a fun activity rather than a chore. You will likely find yourself relaxed and in a better frame of mind once dinner starts, which can enable you to savor your dinner and your company as you eat.
If you throw on some energetic music (hip-hop or pop) you can raise your energy level and have fun as you clean. A little grove won’t hurt anybody
Getting enough sleep is important for proper functioning, and getting enough sleep can help you handle stress better. Unfortunately, stress can also interfere with sleep in several ways. Playing music as you drift off is one way to counteract the effects of stress by taking your mind off what’s stressing you. Playing some tranquil sleep music if you’re insomniac can be a best way to call it a night.
Here’s a musical treat for every mood. Connect with it and and let the music carry you away!
Tranquil sleep: https://youtu.be/xQ6xgDI7Whc
About Author: Dr. Rutuja Dhamale. I had a chance to intern with Wisdom Matters. An Ayurvedian by profession, I strongly believe combining the concepts of Psychology with alternative medicine can help us ease the discomforts and heal the mankind in miraculous ways.
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