Eating healthy? Exercising daily? Getting a good night’s sleep? And still feeling the same? Music may be the trick!
Music has been the one self-care routine that I am able to maintain most effectively. There was a time when I would listen to a particular song every single morning during a very difficult time in my life, and it really got my mind ready for the day. Then driving home, I would listen to the song again to keep my spirits up. I never really knew why music created healing and support, but what I did find to be true is that music was a quick fix-it or release to a broken spirit.
I recently read an article that gives us an excuse to continue to blast our music. When listening to music or our favorite song, our brain releases Dopamine. Dopamine is the pleasure hormone. Therefore our bodies have a physiological response when we listen to music resulting in a natural high. Another plus to music is the hormone Oxytocin which creates bonding. Oxytocin is released if we sing for thirty minutes.
So if you don’t have time to go to a Pilates class or can’t afford to buy organic foods, try a musical tune up – jamming in the car, singing with friends at karaoke, or just you at home listening to the sounds. Music provides connection, healing, a good time, and reduces stress.