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5 August 2020

The Benefits Of Listening To Music

Those days in school when I used put my headphones underneath my school jumper, pull the wire up through to my collar, put my earphones in and hope my Physics teacher Mr Allen never twigged I was listening to Ne-Yo or Drake. Ah, good times. That's why I rarely wore my hair up in school - it disguised the earphones better. Also you were a banging friend if you were willing to share one earphone with someone if they didn't have their own.



Anyway, music - I've loved listening to music ever since I can remember. It's one of my favourite things to do and I find it very relaxing.




What genre do I like? Well, I wouldn't say I like a particular type of music. I have quite an eclectic taste. My philosophy has always been that if I like the song, I'll listen to it and download it on my phone or Spotify.


Whether it's that Adele song that speaks to your soul, that Ed Sheeran song that reminds you of your first love or that classic Abba song that you just have to singalong to, music is a big part of our everyday lives. What I've learnt over the years is that music has benefitted me in so many different ways. Physically as well as mentally. I don't really listen to music through my earphones everyday, purely because I do get a little anxious about my hearing these days. And if I do, it's on a quiet level.






Like I said, there are so many benefits to listening to music, and they are -



1) IT  MAKES  YOU  FEEL  HAPPIER
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Scientists have found in research that listening to music can be an instant mood booster. I find that listening to music can send me to a good place, especially a happy song like, umm, Happy by Pharrell Williams. Yes I know that there are other happy songs out there. But I do feel better after I out my earphones in and can listen to some of my favourite songs.  



2) IT'S  A  GREAT  MOTIVATOR  FOR  EXERCISING
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I couldn't get through my exercise routines without listening to music, whether it be on the radio at home or through my earphones at the gym (once upon a time). If you got a good playlist going, you can get through any workout, no matter how vigorous or testing. If you want to take your running up a notch, listen to the songs that inspire you, that's always a good motivator.



3) IT'S  A  DESTRESSER
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Listening to that one calming song can instantly release any stress that's within you. I have so many calm songs that I listen to so I can calm down! That does kind of make me sound like that I'm constantly angry all the time doesn't it? Well, being in this pandemic for so long, I do get angry at the littlest of things these days. Music does and really can effectively calm me down after a stressful day. 



4) IT  CAN  HELP  ROAD  RAGE
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I would seriously have to question your credentials as a driver if you don't listen to music and sing every song like your the artist themselves. Apparently music can help have a positive impact on your mood when driving, even to the point where you drive more safely. Maybe less road rage and a little more singing?!



5) IT  HELPS  PEOPLE  WITH  ALZHEIMER'S / DEMENTIA
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I saw a documentary a while ago about how music can be hugely beneficial to people with Alzheimer's/dementia. It was presented by Vicky McClure (from Line of Duty) and she got people together who had those conditions to form a choir. It was truly wonderful how much they enjoyed it and how alive it made them feel again. Their memories may not be brilliant now which was so sad to see, but listening and singing along to their favourite songs from years ago made them smile once again. 



6) IT  CAN  HELP  YOU  SLEEP  BETTER
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Apparently if you have trouble sleeping, listening to music before bed time can help you unwind and it can lead to a more peaceful sleep. Maybe nothing like heavy rock or club anthems, something calm and relaxing. Obviously not too loudly as you'll have the ringing in your ears before you go to sleep, which wouldn't be ideal at all.


So yes, listening to music does have so many benefits!


Do you listen to music, what are the benefits to you?



Lucy 

56 comments:

  1. I used to like music, but ever since working in Radio , I've definitely learned so much more about it and also kept more up. to date with it and have definitely learned a new love for it. I also love to listen to music to exercise! Makes such a difference. I love your record player! xx

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    1. Aww that's good to hear that you have a new love for it working in radio! Listening to music while exercising definitely keeps me going! xx

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  2. Music has such a powerful impact on me! I agree with all of these points x

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  3. I love listening to music and I find that it can really influence my mood. There is nothing I love more than putting on Radio 1 or Kerrang and just enjoying the beats.

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    1. It can do the same for me too lovely, Radio 1 is a good radio station, I've never really listened to Kerrang x

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  4. I listen to music like half of my day haha, it always make me feel better and all the benefits you listed are SO right!

    www.blossomikebana.com

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    1. Haha I'm the same too lovely! It always makes me feel better too! x

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  5. I can’t even tell you how much I love music!

    Driving in my car, windows down Bering out some tunes is one of my all time favourite things to do!

    It has such a positive impact. I didn’t know about the sleep thing either! Bonus!

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    1. I LOVE listening to music in my car, there's nothing better than blaring the tunes when driving!

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  6. I love listening to music - the most part of my day is listening to music, even if I am focusing on something. Sometimes there is no better mood buster than a cheesey song and a dance around your room x
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a big part of my day too Amber! Listening to a cheesy song and dancing around your room is a MOOD! x

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  7. I completely agree that music is beneficial. Honestly whenever I’m feeling a certain way music is the one thing that can up lift me. I have such a varied music taste too! I love discovering new artists!

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    1. I agree Kelly, music is a great way to uplift your mood!

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  8. Super interesting to know that there are so many positive benefits from listening to music! I love a good singalong - driving is the perfect time to put on my favourite playlist, so I'm glad to hear it can have a positive effect on that too!

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    1. Before writing this post, I didn't realise there were so many benefits either Emma! Driving is the best time to blare out the music isn't it?!

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  9. I didn't know music helps with dementia. Thank you, I learnt something new (and cool) today.

    Sending good vibes all the way from South Africa. Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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    1. Yes it does lovely, I'm glad you learnt something new today!

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  10. Music is such a big part of my life! I spend most of the day with some sort of music on in the background, whether it be old skool '00s hits, '70s funky grooves or the latest new releases. I find it to be a really great de-stresser as well, it can transport you to another place which can definitely help when you're feeling stressed out! x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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    1. Oh I love old skool hits from the 00's! It can definitely transport you to another place, especially when you're down or need to destress! x

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  11. Love this, listening to music is great. I didn’t know ot could help with dementia that’s so interesting!

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    1. Yeah it's fascinating how it can help people with dementia Lauren!

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  12. These are some great benefits. I find music can both de-stress me and motivate me, depending on what I am listening to.

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  13. I love listening to music too; as an emotional person I find music really engaging and helps me sort out my emotions a lot of the time! It's also amazing how much it helps with dementia too. Music has no limits to it's benefits!

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. You're right lovely, the benefits are limitless!

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  14. Thanks for sharing, I do find sometimes music relaxing, but sometimes it makes me feel stressed, esp. some pieces of classical music, it must be my age!!

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. I'm not a fan of classical music either Nic!

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  15. Your intro took me back to being about 13 in the girls bathroom before the morning bell hoping that the song your were trying to bluetooth (lol) to your friend would send in time before you got caught 😂. I love how expressive music is, there's truly something for everyone and a song for every mood. Sometimes I take 10 minute song breaks to destress if I'm struggling with something during the day! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Ah sending songs via Bluetooth, that brings back memories! I agree lovely, there is a song for every mood! x

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  16. I listen to such a variety of music and I love just putting my headphones on and going for a walk by myself sometimes! Or other times I love putting some music on and just dancing around 😂 I agree with your points of how beneficial music is x

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    1. That's something I enjoy doing too Gemma, taking myself away for a walk and listening to music through my headphones! x

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  17. You have a stunning blog ! 💕
    Music has definitely helped me so much in my life. Any mood I’m in, I know music will make it better !

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    1. Aww thank you so much! Music always makes thing better doesn't it?!

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  18. It's my first time to know that it helps people with Alzheimer's/dementia. I'm glad it's one of the benefits!

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    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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    1. Yes it does, it's so interesting how it can help with that! x

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  19. Music helps me through so much and has had such a positive impact on my life! I also saw that documentary you mentioned and it was so beautiful to see how powerful music truly is. Thanks for sharing, I loved reading this post! :)

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

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    1. It does the same for me too Melissa! I'm glad that somebody else watched that documentary too!

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  20. There are so many benefits to listening to music! I definitely find that it de-stresses me when I'm having a bad day

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  21. YES YES YES!! Music has helped me study, helped me meditate, worship, and even helped me work through panic attacks and get out the other side (the lyrics andgand melody of a song give me something to focus on and grasp which isn't too difficult). What's your favourite album?

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    1. Wow music has certainly helped you with a lot of things Sara! I love that music has helped you get over the other side of a panic attack, I get panic attacks sometimes and I will try listening to music next time to see if it helps me. I don't think I have a favourite album, I love anything Ed Sheeran or Ariana Grande, what about you?

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  22. Listening to music has helped me so much lately, it really helps me with my emotions! Thankyou for writing this x

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    1. It can help deal with your emotions can't it lovely? x

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  23. I love this post, Lucy! Music is such an essential part of my daily routine - it helps put me in a good mood and really helps me to stay focused xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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  24. Music is a really big part of my life too. I also have a very eclectic taste too.

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    1. I like having an eclectic taste in music too!

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  25. Loved this post! Sometimes, I don't understand why people complain that listening to music is a waste of time. Honestly, music has always been there for me. It's a great way to feel comforted, and you can listen to it on whatever mood. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I agree lovely, people who don't like listening to music aren't my kind of people!

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  26. I love listening to music. It really relaxes me and puts me in a good mood! x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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    1. It really is a good destresser and like you, it always puts me in a good mood! x

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  27. Oh my goodness, I couldn't live without music! I always have music playing at home, quiet makes me feel super weird. Music is the best way I can brighten up my day, relax and set any mood. I listen to music before going to sleep and it really does ensure that I sleep better. Music really is the best! xx

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

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    1. You're exactly like me Teresa when it comes to music, I always listen to music at home and I couldn't live without it! I listen to music before I sleep too, I find it relaxes me too! xx

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  28. Hi, Lucy,
    it's my first comment. It doesn't mean I'm trying to train myself on Your topics (and my English is still weak...). Just the topic is familiar to me, though it seems You are looking in an inverse direction than I am. It's just clear - I'm 78 (!), am a professional musicologist and my liking lay somewhere between Monteverdi and Kancheli (!).And such a long comment is already nearly a torture to me. But it will go better!
    Janis is my real first name,
    Good luck!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my post Janus and I'm glad you could relate to it!

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