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Why Music Is Better Than A Prescription Drug

Why Music Is Better Than A Prescription Drug

When I was younger, friends and family told me that there is nothing wrong with listening to Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, or Louis Armstrong. I scoffed at this and told them that there was no way I would be caught listening to those artists. Tool, Megadeth, and Metallica were all I knew, and I planned to keep it that way.

As the years passed, I noticed that Mr. Bublé and Ms. Aguilera began trickling into my musical repertoire. This left me perplexed.

Did a once proud rocker suddenly go soft, or was there more in play than I understood? Could music be more than just great rhythms and catchy lyrics?

Music can help you with your memories

Have you ever listened to a song only to have a memory come storming back? Studies have shown that music can:

  1. Store new memories
  2. Help recall old memories

This is because music stimulates the portion of your brain, the hippocampus, that is responsible for long-term storage.

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Music can save lives

Researchers taught CPR students to give a patient chest compressions to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Beegees. Remarkably, months later, those who learned this had an easier time remembering the rhythm of compressions versus those who didn’t learn it.

Sing loud and proud in the shower

Looking to kick start your day?

Turn up the tunes and let loose in the shower. Don’t listen to just anything, though. Make sure your choices include songs like Wonderful World, Beautiful Day, Walking on Sunshine, and Don’t Stop Believing.

These types of songs have the ability to bring up your day through the messages they give and the joyous state that will ensue.

Oh, and don’t be shy about having the neighbors hear you.

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Music can take you over the plateau at the gym

Have you struggled to best yourself at the gym? This is what’s called a plateau.

It turns out that there is a strong correlation between upbeat music and exercise. Listening to music distracts you from everything that is trying to get your attention, thus enabling your heart and muscles to work at a faster pace.

If you don’t believe me, listen to what is being played at the next Spin Class.

It’s ok to listen to ‘angry’ music

Controlling our emotions, specifically, anger can hinder you.

Anger and performance go hand-in-hand. Studies have shown that anger will bring you focus, all-the-while keeping you persistent, and optimistic about achieving your goals.

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So, what does this mean for you? Throw on some Slayer, Motörhead, or Pantera and get your anger out.

Music boosts your immune system

Music has a soothing effect on us. Scientists have shown that listening to upbeat types of music, leads to the secretion of immune-boosting hormones. Not only that, but it can decrease the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

The next time you’ve had a stressful day, go home, turn on some lively music and feel the stress melt off as you dance the night away.

Trouble with love?

Beware.

Use this piece of knowledge cautiously.

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Women are more likely to give you their phone number after hearing a string of slow, romantic songs. If you have been rejected more times than you care to admit, request some slower songs from the DJ, wait for them to play, and then make your move.

Yes, you read that right. Even you can get a date under the right circumstances.

Music does more good for you than just making your ears happy. The next time you hear something that you don’t like on the radio, give it a second before you change the station.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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