Music is a huge part of our lives and also is a great mood changer. A lively piece of music will lift us and a sad piece will bring us to tears, have you ever thought about why this happens? Music affects our mood in a variety of ways including bringing back key memories or stirring long forgotten emotional responses. It’s all about the rhythm and tone of the music we are listening to!
When we listen to a rhythm, our heart actually begins to beat at a similar pace and rhythm, a slow rhythm creates a slow heartbeat with a strong diastolic pressure and tells our brain that something sad is happening A very fast beat makes the brain feel excited while, a dreamy rhythm with starts the association with love.
The key or tone of the music also affects the brain, those in a major key starts feeling of happiness and the minor key hits into sadness and regret. So music affects the brain and sets off emotions simply by listening, recent research shows that listening to music for only two weeks will change your mood, So here are a few ways to use music to change your mood too –
Start your day with happy upbeat music to set your mood for the day, wherever possible dance too in a morning, it wakes up the body starts your endorphins to boost your energy and helps your get up and go.
If you want to change from feeling sad to feeling happy beware of the music that takes you back to sad events, it has what NLP practioners call an anchor or an association that is planted in your brain.
Choose your music carefully and don’t use random on your music player as you don’t know what’s coming next that may affect you. It’s also wise to avoid songs that have negative wording - I am so lost, I can’t live without you etc all can implant negatively in our brain and affect our moods.
Find time to relax and find the best music to do it to. Music like Native American, pan pipes etc will all help you to relax and even meditate, I use music in the background to help me work with spirit as it brings me such peace which spirit are happiest using with me. Remember we are all different what is relaxing to some maybe plain dull to others!
Finally odd as it sounds spend some time in silence so you can allow your brain time to process the new mood and you can really feel the changes in mood taking place.
Have a great bank holiday.