Melody in a discordant world

Melody in a discordant world: How music can help heal your mental health

I recently read a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that  found that children admitted to the emergency department who listened to music during routine procedures showed less distress and reported lower pain scores than those who didn’t listen to music. This study intrigues me on a personal level, as music has long been my go to stress reliever even before I got into the clinical field. Music unlike other coping mechanisms rarely cause a great risk to health and wellbeing, junk food, psychedelic drugs and medications have their own risk however music is a low cost, safe bet to relieve your mind. Neuroscientist believe that the harmony in a melody has a positive effect on our serotonin and dopamine levels, these ate the “feel good” neurochemicals that boost mood and relieve anxiety.  Of course, there is the possibility of addiction to music, but this rarely has detrimental effects, if your listening does not cause a notable disruption to your day to day life or makes you unable to perform usual tasks such as work, sleep etc. So, go on make yourself a playlist with songs that help you relive the positive emotions or help you put things in perspective as a part of your self-care routine as, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

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