I recently read a post by Mike Cernovich where he talked about music and why he isn’t listening to hardcore metal, aggressive rap or other as he puts it “devil music.” Instead he is listening to trance, deep house, progressive house and his reasoning is that it brings him closer to the divine.
I listen to all kinds of music (as you will see). I find that to be of utmost importance since each genre has a different impact on you and your behavior.
When I am consciously listening to music I feel the vibrations and how the music is flowing through me. I can feel how the music is changing my mood and thought process.
I listen to Classical music, Trance, Ambient, or any calm and relaxing music without lyrics when I am writing articles or when I’m reading, it puts me in the zone and it feels like the article is writing itself. I am currently listening to Chopin and I highly recommend it if you are into it.
“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche
While I was doing some research for this post I found out that Music has several other benefits that I didn’t know about.
Effects of Music on the heartbeat, pulse rate and blood pressure
Like Meditation, Yoga, and other practices to connect Body and Mind, music with a pulse of about 60 beats per minute can shift consciousness from the beta toward the alpha range, enhancing alertness and general well-being.
By playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure – and keep it low. According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure.
Music can regulate stress-related hormones
The level of stress hormones in the blood declines significantly when you are listening to relaxing, ambient music. Those hormones include adrenocorticotrophic (ACTH), prolactic, and human growth (HGH) hormone. Especially people who operate under great stress intuitively use the power of music to calm and relax.
“I cannot listen to music too often,” Lenin confessed after listening to a soothing Beethoven sonata. “It makes me want to say kind, stupid things.
Music can boost the immune function
Scientists explain that a particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience, which leads to secretion of immune-boosting hormones. This helps contribute to a reduction in the factors responsible for illness.
Music can strengthen memory and learning
Music makes your workout better and that’s because it can also extends your stamina! The same is true when we study. Listening to Mozart or Vivaldi in the background can help you to concentrate for longer periods. Listening to classical music with a 60 beats per minute pattern also actives the left and right brain, which maximizes the learning and retention of information.
Listen To Ambient Noise To Get The Creative Juice Flowing
If you enjoy listening to music during writing/creative sessions, an atmospheric presence seems to work best. Whether artificial or naturally occurring, a soft background noise is what you should aim for.
Use Familiar Music For Better Focus
If you need to intensely focus on a project then it would be beneficial to listen to music you are familiar with.
The reason for that is that new music is surprising, since you don’t know what to expect, you are paying more attention to the music and you’ll listen closely to see what comes next. With familiar music, you know what lies ahead.
While new music can be beneficial in other ways, it’s best to use music you already accustomed to if you want to get things done.
Music And Pain Relief
There are several theories about how music positively affects perceived pain:
- Music produces revulsive effect
- Music may give the patient a sense of control
- Music causes the body to release endorphins to counteract pain
- Slow music relaxes by slowing breathing and heartbeat
Music Enhances Intelligence, Learning And IQ
Listening to music or playing an instrument can actually make you learn better. And research confirms this.
Music has the power to enhance certain kinds of higher brain function:
- Reading and literacy skills
- Spatial-temporal reasoning
- Mathematical abilities
- Emotional intelligence
Music Improves Physical Performance
Choosing music that motivates you will make it easier to start moving, walking, dancing, or any other type of exercise that you enjoy. Music can make exercise feel more like recreation and less like work.
Furthermore music can also reduce muscle tension and improve body movement and coordination!
The four central hypotheses explaining music’s facilitation of exercise performance include:
- Reduction in the feeling of fatigue
- Increase in levels of psychological arousal
- Physiological relaxation response
- Improvement in motor coordination
Music Helps You To Sleep
Listening to calm and relaxing classical music is a safe, cheap and easy way to beat insomnia. If you suffer from insomnia try out Bach’s music. Researchers have shown that just 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime can make for a restful night.
Relaxing music decreases anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate and may have positive effects on sleep via muscle relaxation and distraction from thoughts.
Music Reduces Stress And Helps To Relax
How does music reduce stress?
Music can promote relaxation of tense muscles, enabling you to easily release some of the tension you carry from a stressful day.
Reduces negative emotions
Music, especially upbeat tunes, can take your mind off what stresses you, and help you feel more optimistic and positive. This helps release stress and can even help you keep from getting as stressed over life’s little frustrations in the future.
Music improves mood and decreases depression
Music’s ability to “heal the soul” is something you can find in legends of every culture. Many find that music lifts their spirits. Research tends to confirm music’s psychotherapeutic benefits. Bright, cheerful music (Mozart, Vivaldi, bluegrass, Klezmer, reggae) is the most obvious prescription for the blues.
List of Genres and Why they work
Due to the lack of lyrics and it’s long history, classical music is a popular choice. A study made it clear that tunes of the Baroque-period have a measurable impact on productivity.
Keep in mind that not all classical music is created equal some songs work better than others. For me Mozart just isn’t cutting it most of the time. Chopin on the other hand works wonders when I’m writing. Play around and find what works best for you.
As a genre it’s repetitive, but in a good way.
The song’s focus can help your focus, as the repeating tones won’t be disruptive.
Game composers know that the ideal music for many situations is music that enhances the experience while not distracting the player.
I listen to video-game soundtracks from time to time some are really good and enjoyable.
A few songs/mixes I listen to:
If total silence is off-putting for you then give ambient sounds a try.
The environment you create impacts the behavior you get. When deciding what sounds will fill your workday, get deliberate, test and tweak until you find the perfect harmony. The ability to do consistently great work is what’s at stake, so think before you press play.
To sum this up in a few words. Music is a fantastic tool to advance your life, if you use it correctly you can push yourself to reach new heights at the gym, you can use it to increase your intelligence, you can use it to heal yourself and much more. Because of all of those benefits you should use it when you read, when you write, when you workout, when you think. Listen to music as much as you can.
Let me know what your favorite kind of music is and how you are using it to improve your life!
As always thanks for reading and until next time.
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