Everyone feels down or sad at some point in their life, it is only natural. However, there are a number of ways in which you can combat your sadness and beat the blues. Music is something that many people use to boost their moods.
A 2013 study, conducted by the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and improve their happiness in just two weeks.
Discover more about how you can boost your mood with the power of sound.
WHY DOES MUSIC AND SOUND HELP?
Music and sound can help to quieten the worries and woes that are in your head. Essentially, music and sounds can help to make you feel more grounded and less disconnected.
Music and podcasts can even help you find inspiration and gain a greater understanding of you and your surroundings.
Some studies have found that listening to sounds can significantly affect a person’s mood and emotions, because of brain dopamine regulation – which is a vital neurotransmitter linked to how you regulate your moods and your emotional behaviour.
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT SOUND
Many people enjoy listening to music, and there is a lot of different options, genres, and artists to listen to. The key way to finding music that you enjoy listening to, is by sampling as much as possible and finding your favourite.
Some musicians and songs will make you feel very happy, whilst others might make you feel sad. If you are trying to improve your mood then you need to stick on a happy playlist.
If you don’t like music, you can always stick on your favourite podcast, or even have the TV on in the background. The sound itself doesn’t always matter, as long as there is some kind of sound that your brain can focus on.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO LISTEN TO MUSIC?
You can listen to any kind of music, whenever you want. Some people like to listen to motivational and powerful music in the morning to help them get the confidence they need to start the day.
When you are feeling down in the dumps, it is always best to stick to happy music. Unless of course you want to listen to sad songs and have a little cry, but once you are finished put on some bubbly songs and dance.
Find tracks that make you want to get up and dance and have a little boogey around or sing along to the music. Listening to happy music and dancing or singing, will help to boost your mood.
If the kids are asleep and you need to be quiet, why not try listening to music with your headphones? Listening to music through your headphones will help your mind focus on the music because it will be the only thing you can hear.
FIND YOUR GROOVE
There’s no right or wrong thing that you should be listening to. If something makes you happy and helps you to forget about your worries, then play it. Remember to find your groove and forget about your blues.
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