How Musical Instruments Can Enrich One’s Mental Health

 

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It’s not a secret that knowing how to play the guitar, piano, or musical instrument helps keep our minds quick and sharp, especially as we grow older. There have been studies of its many benefits, including decreasing stress and blood pressure and keeping the family safe from depression and anxiety.

However, with so many benefits written and reported about making music, I often wonder why there aren’t more individuals choosing an instrument and making themselves busy learning it. When I was younger, living in Detroit, I was exposed to music all the time. Those formative years led me to become a music lover and a performer, leading me to work in the music industry. That is why I would vouch that music can definitely enrich one’s life as it did in mine, and one of the most significant elements that I got out of music was a joy.

Here are a few of the many ways that music affects you positively.

Improves Mental Health

It’s a known fact that directing your energy into positive things plays a significant role in alleviating depression and anxiety. A lot of family physicians and counselors recommend relaxation and concentration. Consequently, practicing meditation and yoga have become beneficial tools for achieving mental wellness, which can be incorporated into learning music. By concentrating on the notes and the tune of what you’re playing, you bring importance to the activity at hand. Extreme focus on melodic structures can evoke feelings of peace and relaxation.

Retention And Brain Function

It might seem evident, but our retention and capacity to learn a musical instrument are intimately connected. We practice one song repeatedly until we can play something without even looking at our notes. However, how the brain works when we study an instrument is amazing, and performers have functionally dissimilar brains to non-performers. The brain’s portion responsible for memory retention becomes more operational and can even progress in several cases. While you may connect brain training with crossword and Sudoku puzzles, studying an instrument can provide your brain’s grey matter a wonderful workout. Your family and friends would also prefer listening to your version of ‘True Colors’ than struggling to answer a crossword puzzle.

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Decreases Blood Pressure

Learning a musical instrument is influential in combatting stress, one of the most common causes of hypertension. Present discoveries indicate that learning and playing music for about 60 beats a minute effectively produced positive activity in the brain, resulting in the emergence of alpha waves. This process is important because brainwaves set the tone for a conscious and steady-state. Specific genres that have shown to evoke the process are classical and jazz, so learning them can be especially significant.

Sense Of Fulfillment

There is nothing like the gratification of finishing something that you have put great effort and time into, like filling out the final word of a crossword puzzle or reading the last page of a novel. When the work is as challenging as learning guitar, piano, or any musical instrument, that sense of fulfillment becomes more relevant. It’s not easy, though, and you’ll be confronted with problems on your journey from amateur to expert. Completing those complicated chords or finding that dramatic last tune to end a song will need a lot of patience – another prized skill to learn for your daily life.

Self-Expression

It’s frustrating when you can’t express yourself because you might be shy or you don’t know-how. This is particularly true for people who are not innately creative and don’t know how to draw, paint, or write to express how they feel. Playing musical instruments is an awesome means to be creative and direct your emotions into something beneficial.

So if you’re having a bad day, why not try to make up a tune on the guitar or the piano? Feeling furious? A few drum blows should get off some of that steam. Self-expression is among the biggest benefits of learning to play a musical instrument.

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Self-Confidence Boost

No matter what you’re going through in life, committing effort and time to enhance your musical skills offers a tremendous boost to your self-confidence. This is valuable if you’re currently unemployed or have a job without a short or long-term goal. You may be playing to show off to your family and friends, making up a tune in your room by yourself, or playing on stage, but either of these will make you feel amazing afterward. Just remember not to expect too much on yourself, especially if you’re still a novice.

Conclusion

If you feel anxious in social gatherings, your musical instrument can make a wonderful icebreaker. You don’t have to find the words to make a conversation – everybody will just be fixed on your play. Music is such a great means of easing yourself up into establishing new relationships, feeling good, and ultimately enriching your mental health.