I’ve been told countless times that I need music to relax whenever I feel depressed, and it usually works most of the time. If you’re asking yourself, why do we need music? or in other words, how can it really help? Here’s your answer.
Music can help you in many different ways and on all levels. Music is one of the finest forms of art, and like any other art, it can help your body express the emotions that have been trapped deep down inside yourself. Music allows your body to unleash all the hidden emotions that have been a burden on your mental state for quite some time.
Here are some quick points about why do we need music that you might want to check out:
why do we need music for our physical health?
The number one benefit of music on your physical well being is that it takes your workouts to the next level.
It’s very common nowadays to see most, if not all of the people in the gym putting their earphones/headphones on and enjoying some music while they exercise.
But how does that help them? Well, music can distract them from the pain of lifting weights or doing any other exercise. Thus music will help them push the limits without them noticing it.
Our brain can’t usually focus on many things at once, and when you’re listening to music, it will take your attention away from what you’re currently doing (However you can control that for sure, more about it in the next section).
That will help you forget all the trouble that you usually face when exercising in the gym or somewhere else.
Thus, music can really help you accelerate your physical health goals.
Can music boost your productivity?
Yes it can, and here is why.
I have already mentioned that the brain may not be able to focus on doing more than one thing at a time. Doesn’t that mean that music will divert your thoughts from whatever task you need to finish?
I would say that this depends on the task that you’re doing.
If you’re doing something that requires all of your brain’s resources, then you’ll need to put music aside until you’re done with your task.
However, that’s not always the case. And I will explain this by an example from my game development career.
In game development, there are times when you really need every brain resource you can get to add a feature, fix a bug, optimize a code snippet and so on.
During these periods, I will make sure that I keep all the distractions away from me.
However, there are other times when I am doing things that do not require a lot of thinking and concentration, things like placing objects around in the game, recording videos while playing the game to showcase the game and so on.
While these tasks do not require a lot of thought, they take a lot of time and they can be really frustrating because they are usually a process of trial and error.
For example, you place a couple of trees somewhere in the game, you then look at them and you’re not satisfied, you decide move them to somewhere else and you keep repeating the same process till you’re satisfied with what you have.
Trust me, this requires a lot of patience, and here is where music comes in. Music always helped me keep my calm when doing tasks like this. Tasks that do not require a lot of focus but can be very frustrating.
To be honest, this has helped me boost my productivity by a lot. The frustration that you feel when things are not looking the way you imagined they will look can really affect your mood and your productivity. Music has always made sure that the frustration doesn’t happen.
How can music heal your emotional instability?
As I have already mentioned, music is capable of helping you express the emotions that are trapped deep down inside you.
Emotions, when trapped inside your body, can cause a huge problem in your mental state. It can cause you depression and other serious issues.
Have you ever thought why do we cry? Smile? Jump when excited? And so on? It’s because our body needs to EXPRESS the emotions what we’re feeling.
You usually feel much better after you cry don’t you? You feel great when you laugh or smile. Why? Because the burden of holding your feelings deep down your body is now relieved.
Our brains are responsible for protecting our bodies, and expressing our feelings is one of the methods used by our brains to protect the body from any mental harm.
What does all this have to do with music? Here’s the thing, sometimes your brain may not be able to release the emotions that are affecting you, and here’s where music comes in.
Music evokes emotions, it stimulates them and it will help your body release all the feelings that have been hurting you for a while.
Want to help your brain keep your body protected? Listen to some music every now and then.
How long should I listen to music?
Now that you’ve seen why we need music, you’ll need to know how long you should listen to it.
There is no right or wrong answer here. It really depends on you. If you work out a lot for example, you’ll need music every time you go to the gym.
If your job or your environment is very stressful, you’ll need music more.
So it’s up to you to find the balance here. You need to make sure that you listen to music every now and then, but you also need to make sure that you don’t let it turn against you by listening to it too much.
This is a process of trial and error. Try, evaluate, adjust.
What kind of music should I go for?
One final question that I’d love to answer here is what kind of music should you listen to?
An obvious answer would be the music that you love listening to. But I’d like to add more here.
You’ll need to listen to the music that best suits your current state.
Are you working out? You’ll need some motivating music and music with a strong beat.
Are you working at the office? You might need a calm music that does not interfere a lot with what you’re doing.
You Need to get rid of the negative feelings that you have? You may want to listen to music that might help you cry and release all the burden that you are feeling. But again, you need to be careful here, as too much sad music might be addictive and might end up being less beneficial.
So my final words would be that you’ll need to make sure that you listen to music in the way that works best for you and to find the balance yourself.
Thank you for reading this far. Leave your thoughts in the comments down below. I would love to hear from you.