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#Music for #Mental health

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I looked at ways to use music to improve mental health, last week with Listening to music 🎶 .

Have you had a chance to try out some of the suggestions?

“New music “

I’ve tried listening to new tracks by similar artists I usually listen to and found some good music. 

An interesting way of finding new music tracks is by listening to radio programmes. 

My favourite is Desert Island Discs broadcast on BBC radio 4. It introduces different celebrities each week who select their favourite tracks and talk about why they selected them. It’s fascinating to hear about their life and the importance of the music they share. At the end of the program they are ‘cast away’ on a desert island with their eight selected tracks a book and luxury item.

Creating a playlist 

Selecting music tracks to create a personal playlist ensures you can always find music to lift your mood when you’re feeling low. Most free music apps have the facility to access your favourite tracks. I’ve created several playlists using genres to group the music.  My favourite is a classical selection. It does help to improve my concentration when I’m working on something. I’ve also created dance, rock and soul playlists. 

Other genres that might be worth investigating include;

chart, radio, mood, wellness, chill, sleep and focus.

Music Podcasts

A podcast can be really helpful if you miss a program or show. They cover a huge range of music. Some great podcasts to check out include David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical podcast, which gives an introduction to classical music in a fun way, Popmaster Quiz with Ken Bruce, tests your music knowledge and the Worlds Best Rock Albums, reviews popular classic rock albums. If you’ve come across any worth checking out, let me know.

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Listening to music 🎶

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Can help your #mental health by stimulating your brain. 

This week I’m exploring the benefits of regularly listening to music and related health advantages in more detail…

We are all familiar with listening to music that we enjoy to help us relax.

But music also has the ability to reach out to you in other ways.

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Research suggests that you can keep your brain cells young by regularly listening to music. 

It could be singing, playing or interacting with music.  

Some of the benefits include sharper memory, better mood and mental awareness.
Improved quality of sleep, lower blood pressure, anxiety levels and reduced pain perception.

Stretching our memory

The type of music we listen to can trigger our memory and transport us back to a moment in time we had forgotten about. Perhaps travelling along in a car we once had listening to the radio. Or a particular song may help you recall a past event.

Exploring music choices 

Discovering a new group or a new album from an artist your already familiar with can widen your knowledge. So many of us like to listen to the same music over again. Listening to unfamiliar tracks encourages the brain to work a bit harder and find even more enjoyable tracks.  

I listen to the radio quite a bit and settle on a particular genre but find I’m constantly introduced to a variety of old and new music.

Take up a new hobby 

Recent research has found that adults that start to learn a instrument; like the guitar, can find their problem solving skills and memory improve.  Over time their attention span and mood improves. This will help their long term mental health.

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Ways to Happiness…

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Are you looking for the ever elusive happiness?

How do you find it?  

Well, it’s there under the surface, very well hidden at the moment but if you delve deep you will find it.

Following on from my previous post about happiness I’m looking at possible ways to find it.

‘I think the best way to experience happiness is through a calm mind. Helping your mind to become calm and relaxed at the moment is not an easy task, but it is the best way to experience happiness.’

Five popular ways to calm the mind

1 Music

Listening to music can have a calming effect. Classical music is generally recommend to be better at helping concentration and mood, although other types of music are also good if you like listening to them. I tend to listen to particular radio programs because they give a good mix of thought provoking music and some chat which can move your day along.

2 Reading 

Reading a book is another way to find some calm in your day. Searching out an interesting book that will grip you and will get you instantly absorbed by the plot, can be really exciting. Your mind is transported off to another place and taken away from your worries. Check out books available online from your local library.📚 

3 Walking

Walking every day even if it’s for a few minutes can make a huge difference. I usually try to walk for about an hour a day; even on a cold day it’s really helpful. It can help to stimulate the brain to look at a world outside your four walls and experience natural surroundings. It’s also a great form of exercise for most people and it can help you keep fit.

4 Meditation 

Meditation can help to calm the mind and experience happiness in some form. I enjoy meditating as this gives me some form of relief from any anxiety I maybe feeling. My page Meditation and Mindfulness gives more tips.

5 Learning something new

Trying out a new skill like learning a language, or starting to learn painting in watercolours. I started learning french recently and have found I remember a lot from my school days. I have been able to use it to help me write poetry in french. A creative skill is a very useful tool and are great ways to be totally absorbed by something you enjoy doing.

I hope you’ve found my post helpful and can explore your own ways to happiness.