WELLBEING WEDNESDAY: THE POWER OF MUSIC

Music can inspire and entertain, but it also has powerful psychological effects that can improve your health and well-being. Instead of thinking of music as pure entertainment, consider some of the major mental benefits of incorporating music into your everyday life. You might find that you are more motivated, happy, and relaxed as a result. Here are 5 ways music can improve your wellbeing during lockdown.

  1. Music Can Boost Your Mood
    Another of the science-backed benefits of music is that it just might make you happier. In one examination of the reasons why people listen to music, researchers discovered that music played an important role in relating arousal and mood. Participants rated music’s ability to help them achieve a better mood and become more self-aware as two of the most important functions of music.
  2. Music Can Improve Your Brainpower
    Research suggests that background music, or music that is played while the listener is primarily focused on another activity, can improve performance on cognitive tasks in older adults. One study found that playing more upbeat music led to improvements in processing speed, while both upbeat and downbeat music led to benefits in memory.So the next time you are working on a task, consider turning on a little music in the background if you are looking for a boost in your mental performance. Consider choosing instrumental tracks rather than those with complex lyrics, which might end up being more distracting.
  3. Music Eases Stress
    It has long been suggested that music can help reduce or manage stress. Consider the trend centered on meditative music created to soothe the mind and inducing relaxation. Fortunately, this is one trend supported by research. Listening to music can be an effective way to cope with stress. In one 2013 study, participants took part in one of three conditions before being exposed to a stressor and then taking a psychosocial stress test. Some participants listened to relaxing music, others listened to the sound of rippling water, and the rest received no auditory stimulation. The results suggested that listening to music had an impact on the human stress response, particularly the autonomic nervous system. Those who had listened to music tended to recover more quickly following a stressor.
  4. Music Can Help Manage Pain
    Research has shown that music can be very helpful in the management of pain. One study of fibromyalgia patients found that those who listened to music for just one hour a day experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those in a control group.5 At the end of the four-week study period, participants who had listened to music each day experienced significant reductions in feelings of pain and depression. Such results suggest that music therapy could be an important tool in the treatment of chronic pain.
  5. Music May Help You Sleep Better
    Insomnia is a serious problem that affects people of all age groups. While there are many approaches to treating this problem, research has demonstrated that listening to relaxing classical music can be a safe, effective, and affordable remedy. In a study looking at college students, participants listened to classical music, an audiobook, or nothing at all at bedtime for three weeks. Researchers assessed sleep quality both before and after the intervention.

We’ve found ourselves stuck in lockdown level 4 for a little longer than expected, but don’t stress! If you’re all Netflix-binged out (and up-to-date with your coursework) the Servilles Academy team have compiled a collection of their favourite feel-good music (all available on Spotify) for you to listen to whilst we get through this lockdown together. Happy listening! 

Leon:

For a good little pep up: 80’s jam session on Spotify

For afternoon energy: Adidas 4WD: Diego Malheiros playlist on Spotify

For anything; cooking, relaxing, waltzing down memory lane: Maori Shed party playlist on Spotify 

Kellie:

Teeks First time Kiwi artist with a great voice brining back soul.

DJ snake you are my high for giving me energy

(WE HAVE A BIT OF A FLEETWOOD MAC FAN CLUB GOING ON….)

Kim:

For Easy listening and a good vibe: Fleetwood Mac Dreams 2004 remaster.

James: 

Fleetwood dreams has been on a lot in his whare over lockdown too.

Bella:

Early Fleetwood Mac (late 60’s to 70’s)

Serena:

Mustang Sally and Hotel California:  I used to sing both these songs with local bands in Auckland and can’t listen without blaring out a note or twelve!

Alecia:

Ariana Grande Break Free.  It’s the best uphill pump song everrrrrr

(AND SOME DOJA CAT FANS TOO..)

Nick:

‘Power’ by Little Mix ft Stormzy is always my hype song.  I’ve also been listening to Doja Cats new album ‘Planet Her’ throughout lockdown.

Alice:

Love Doja Cat this lockdown, amazing songs on her new album especially ‘Woman’

Lauren:

This lockdown I’ve been loving the new Lorde album Solar power, so many chill, summer vibe songs that instantly make me feel happy the addition of te reo versions are beautiful too. 

Cruella soundtrack for some 60’s rock n roll moments and

when the kids are over the home schooling a good lounge dance to some pop like Ed Sheeran ‘Bad Habits’ is always a mood booster.

Nancy:

Love old school R&B and slow jams to chillax my mind body and soul in my noisy household 

J: Babyface ‘Whip Appeal’, Johnny Gill: ‘My, my, my;  Boys to Men: ‘Down on bended knee’, Mariah Carey: Always be my baby, Beyoncé: ‘Brown skin girl’.