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Classical music for better mental health

Classical music for better mental health - AWRAQ Community Leaves

Who among us does not like music, especially classical music. Music is the language of the world. All cultures participate in making it from the most primitive to the most advanced. We humans hear, dance, sing and sway to the music of whatever kind.

The nervous system and the human brain work together to distinguish music from noise and noise, distinguish rhythms, melodies, and repetition in overtones, etc. Is this matter a coincidence or has a purpose? Many studies indicate that music may enhance a person's psychological health and performance.

Classical Music and Psychological Health

Studies using magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography indicate that neural networks in different parts of the brain bear the primary responsibility for decoding and interpreting the different properties of music, for example a small area in the right temporal lobe is necessary to perceive the pitch of the sound that forms the basis of melody and chords (several tones sound At the same time) and harmony (two tendencies or more at the same time) there is another center nearby that is responsible for decoding the encoding bell, which is the quality that allows the brain to distinguish between different instruments that play the same tone and a different part of the brain (the cerebellum) processes the rhythm, and the frontal lobes interpret the emotional content to music. And music strong enough to be a "spinal twitch" can light up the "reward center" in the brain, like other pleasant stimuli like chocolate.

Although every healthy human brain can perform all of the complex tasks needed for music perception, musicians' brains are more compatible with these tasks, while patients with brain damage may have noticeable defects in music perception.

Music effects:

Music has major impacts on many aspects of health, ranging from memory and mood to cardiovascular function and athletic performance, including...

Connecting with our emotions:

One of the most important strengths of psychotherapy is human communication. Finding other people going through the same things and feelings we go through is one of the most effective ways to overcome any challenge we may suffer from. Experience suggests that sad music serves the same purpose. Sad music confirms our emotions of sadness, loneliness, or pain. And when we listen to it, it helps us feel connected to all of those who have experienced the same feelings, which can be very comforting.

Productivity boost:

The Journal of Applied Experimental Psychology found that a person's boredom and the complexity of the task they have to perform may complicate the task itself, and so says Catherine Jackson a licensed clinical psychologist, that research suggests that listening to music helps facilitate repetitive and complex tasks, which is why it is sometimes advised. By listening to music at work or while completing chores.

Relieve stress and anxiety:

Neurologist Dr. Michael Schnick has found that classical music helps relieve anxiety, studies have found that music helps lower levels of cortisol, which are associated with stress, and Lutoland's publication states how music is good for health as it increases blood flow by 26%, laughter by 16%, and relaxation by 11%, in a clinical practice on 180 patients found that listening to natural sounds and classical Turkish or Western music helped reduce anxiety by lowering cortisol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate. While all led to positive traits, classical Turkish music proved to be the most positive. Effective in relieving stress and anxiety.

Building and strengthening social relationships:

 Music allows you to connect with others who share your tastes, so going to see an opera or a concert is a unique experience that is useful for building new relationships and strengthening old ones.

Mood improvement:

Music raises morale and improves mood, especially cheerful and bright music that makes people of all ages feel happy, energetic and alert.

Relieve pain:

In a recent study in which patients undergoing spine surgery were instructed to listen to self-selected music the evening before surgery and until the second day after surgery when measuring pain levels after surgery, this group had significantly less pain than a control group that did not listen to music. It is not yet clear why music might ease pain, although the effect of music on dopamine release may play a role. In addition to stress and pain closely related, music may partially reduce stress.


A study from Wisconsin set up 45 patients who had had heart attacks during the previous 72 hours. All patients were still in the intensive care unit but were clinically stable. Patients were randomly divided among them who listened to classical music and some who simply followed the routines. They monitored them closely during the 20-minute trial. Once the music started, the patients who were listening showed a decrease in their heart rate, respiration rates, and their heart's oxygen requirements and the cardiovascular improvements associated with the music continued for at least an hour after the music stopped. The psychological test also showed lower levels of Anxiety.

Regardless of the aforementioned, classical music can make us smarter, more energetic, relaxed and even more relaxed and happier, which contributes to improving mental health.

Prepared by Tala Houtrani - psychologist 


Read also: 4 relaxation and meditation exercises that relieve daily stress and tension


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