How music can motivate and support wellbeing

Listening to music can help you feel better, motivate and lift your mood.

Music can motivate and support wellbeing. It doesn’t matter if you what genre of music you like whether it’s pop, country or rock. Listening to music you enjoy can help you feel better, motivate and lift your mood.

It is generally accepted that both listening to and creating music can have various positive effects on mood and mental health.

“Music can stimulate the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. It can help energise our mood and provide an outlet for us to take control of our feelings. Music can even help us work through problems in our lives.”

Here are 5 reasons to embrace and incorporate music as a wellbeing strategy:

1. It elevates mood. Music can boost the brain’s production of the hormone dopamine. This increased dopamine production helps relieve feelings of anxiety and depression.

2. It can help you study and concentrate. Background music can help while studying as you’re more focused and motivated when you’re in a good mood. This can help you endure study and focus for longer periods of time.

3. It helps you get motivated. Need to get active but just can’t get off the couch? Pump up the volume of your favourite tune and bust out like no one is watching. This will increase your mood, motivation and get you moving.

4. It reduces stress and promotes relaxation. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, calming music can help you relax, settle your mind and focus your thoughts

5. It helps you sleep. Have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep? Listening to repetitive music can help your brain to ‘switch off’ and lull you to sleep. There are sleep aids developed with this in mind, like White Noise Deep Relaxing sounds

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is an enduring holistic endeavor that has many facets. But if playing a little music can help boost and improve our mood and motivation, why not crank your favourite tunes and share them with friends this holiday season?