The first day of October is recognized as International Music Day. From classical to the Billboard top 10, music is a diverse and fundamental part of life. It is certainly no secret that listening to music can impact the way we feel; for example Taylor Swift is known for creating songs perfect for after-breakups while Pharrell’s “Happy” song can spark cohesive humming around the world.
In fact, music’s influence has been scientifically proven. According to The Journal of Positive Psychology, studies have shown that music does have the power to boost our mood as well as influence various other aspects of our life such as income, relationship satisfaction and physical health.
Music is used in stimulating deeper sleep, reducing stress and alleviating symptoms of depression. USA Today reported on a study that concluded soft music triggers us to eat slower. Listening to calm music before surgery is shown to reduce stress and ease pain. If you have ever wondered why you can remember a song lyric better than important facts, it is probably because music and rhythm can improve our memory.
Brookhaven Retreat understands the connection between our mood and music, and incorporates music and movement therapy in mood disorder, anxiety and depression treatment. Whether through writing music, playing an instrument, singing or dancing, music is a tool that uplifts most and helps many women explore their feelings more thoroughly. Women may also find that sometimes by just getting up and moving around they ignite the body, mind and soul.