Exactly How Long Does It Take For Music to Change Your Mood?
The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), in new research, has tried to identify exactly what kind of music stimulates positive neural responses and how long one must listen before these responses begin to activate. "Most people hear or actively listen to music every day and as humans we tend to change our playlists based on our mood," explained the neuroscientists at BAST.
"Music psychologists have proven time and time again, that music can have an effect on our health. So with that in mind, wouldn't it be great if we could prescribe music to help with certain mood states?" That's exactly what they've succeeded in doing with Music as Medicine, and some of the results are truly stunning.
In a pre-trial survey of the 7,581 people involved in the project, 89% of the participants said that music was essential to their health and or well-being. 13 minutes was found to be the optimum listening time in the case of music to relax. This kind of music was characterized with a slow tempo, simple melodies and no lyrics, like "Weightless" by Marconi Union, found to reduce symptoms of anxiety by up to 65%--79% had reduced muscle tension, 84% had less negative thoughts, and 82% had a better nights sleep or felt restful & contented.
After listening to driving rhythm and fast tempo music with happy lyrical content for just 9 minutes, 89% of participants had improved energy levels, 65% laughed more and/or felt happier, 82% felt able to take on anything or felt more in control of their lives.
"Listening to music for sadness caused our listeners to feel a sense of relief, be less overwhelmed, feel more stable and less likely to be triggered by things that reminded them of the issue," they said, with 87% who felt more emotionally stable, 84% felt less overwhelmed, a record 91% felt relief & release, while 84% said they came out the other side of their sadness. The study also found that listening to Marconi Union's track reduced symptoms of anxiety in patients waiting to undergo surgery.
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Practice "Presence" for Stress Relief
Presence is the powerful practice of being in the moment. It is created through an acute awareness of one's thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and in our modern day society, being present doesn't always come easily. The overstimulation and distraction that come from technology, social media, work, family life, social engagements, and the never-ending "to-do" lists regularly take us out of the now and into a memory from the past or a fear about the future.
Cultivating the power of presence comes from creating the space to observe one's mind and one's self. This skill of observation allows us to look at our own lives and the lives of others without attaching judgment or analysis. Using this awareness, we become mindfully attuned to all that is around us through our five senses (smell, touch, taste, sight, and sound) as well as our physical sensations — you know, those signs from our bodies that we often tend to ignore.
Our bodies are equipped with a natural mechanism called the "stress response," also known as the "fight-or-flight" response, which was first described by Walter Cannon at Harvard. When we encounter something that feels like a threat, the amygdala in the brain experiences the emotion fear. The brain then communicates to the hypothalamus, which communicates to the nervous system, which signals to the adrenal glands to release the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. This assembly-line-like process of the sympathetic nervous system is a crucial part of our body's internal self-protection mechanism. The only problem is that we are not physiologically designed to be frightened often.
In today's world, many of us live in overdrive and operate in a constant state of "flight or flight." This state can be a result of feeling the fear of imagined threats: financial security, societal achievement, the steadiness or demise of a relationship, a perceived health threat, the loss of a loved one, etc. Operating from this place, it is no wonder that many of us feel the perils of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. We struggle with migraines, digestive issues, difficulty breathing, lack of concentration, fatigue, depression, and innumerable other physical ailments because our body is actually attempting to flee the scene of a real threat (car crash, lion chase, assault, etc.) that simply isn't there.
The opposite is also true. When we practice deep breathing and mindfulness, we encourage our body to employ the "relaxation response," our body's counterbalance to the stress response as defined by Harvard professor Herbert Benson. Being in a state of relaxation, your body will experience physiological symptoms of ease, openness, and balance.
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What Are the Best Mindfulness Techniques for You?
While there is currently no universally accepted definition for mindfulness (as it can vary depending on each person's definition of mindfulness or how to achieve it), the general idea associated with mindfulness is that you become more aware of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being at the present moment.
A 2019 study assessed how MBIs have been applied successfully across different populations of people, reaching a conclusion that even brief exposure (as little as 5 minutes a day) can impact numerous health-related incomes such as anxiety, depression, stress, and cognitive outcomes. Some examples of MBIs include:
While anxiety patients generally pick one type of MBI and test it, switching to another if that one is unsuccessful, research shows that psychological stress-management techniques like these are best in combination with each other instead of one by one. In 2019, a separate study by UK-based researchers Xu Wang, Connie Smith, Laura Ashley, and Michael E. Hyland looked at the impact of tailoring specific mindfulness-based interventions to each individual in their study of stroke survivors struggling with anxiety.
After the participants tailored these self-help practices to fit their individual circumstances and anxieties, they were perceived as more acceptable, user-friendly, and beneficial. In order for these mindfulness techniques to be most beneficial, they should be practiced once per day.
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Health & Healing Hack of the Week
Doc Childre, founder of the Hearth Math Institute, has done extensive research on the power of the heart to regulate the brain and the body. The heart emits an electromagnetic field many times more powerful than the brain's. Research has also shown that the brain responds to commands from the heart as its top priority, basically meaning that the heart runs things when it comes to the body. The Heart Math Institute came up with the concept of "Heart Coherence", meaning the heart is "coherent" or in step with the highest aspirations of the mind, and is creating a coherent, or single, vibration that can then be transmitted throughout the brain and body. You can easily create a state of coherence in about 60 seconds by releasing stress and stopping draining emotions such as frustration, irritation, anxiety and anger. When you are in a coherent state, your thoughts and emotions are balanced and you experience ease and inner harmony. Explore the "Quick Coherence Technique" here. - From 25 No Cost Health & Healing Hacks by Boyd Martin)
Quantum Healer of the Week
Jeilene Tracey uses light-coded sound and energy to heal, soothe, and balance the emotional, mental, and physical body down to the molecular level. She developed and practices the modality Vibrational Genetics drawing on her training in molecular biology, Reiki, BodyTalk, ThetaHealing and Shamanism. Combining aspects of each of these methods, Jeilene offers a uniquely grounded metaphysical healing experience that is transformative, effective and empowers you to create changes in your life for lasting health and vitality. The Vibrational Genetics modality was developed by Jeilene during her work with clients as a BodyTalk practitioner when she began to connect with several multidimensional beings who offered their help and guidance during healing sessions. It first came as a surprise, but after many validating experiences, she began to trust this source of information and guidance. The relationship Jeilene has fostered with these beings led to her use of sound as a means of shifting patterns of DNA expression, cell communication, energy body upgrades and amplification of dormant potentials within the body. WEBSITE
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