Throughout many stages of history, music has been linked to improved mental health. Here are a couple easy ways that music can positively benefit you! Concentration A common goal for many music listeners is maintaining a focused mindset. Whether you are studying, working out, or performing any hard work, music can help boost your performance. Listening to music releases dopamine into the brain, giving you a pleasurable feeling, so use this to your advantage! When it comes to helping with memory, research results have varied depending on the individual. It comes down to personal preference and the kind of music one listens to. While some people benefit from active and engaging music, other prefer neutral or more ambient noise. Some people state music has no effect on their memory at all, or even serves as a distraction. Relaxation It’s been scientifically proven that music can help you relax and remove stress. Keep in mind, choosing the proper playlist and environment is extremely important. Most people find that music with more ambient and calming qualities helps them relax, but personal preference may vary. Remember, you don’t have to be a music therapist to use music for therapy. Expression, Connection and Communication Expressing your inner ideas through the kaleidoscopic world of music can be a very rewarding feeling. Creating your own music is powerful way to both externalize and process your emotions. Often times, you will surprise yourself with what you find! Performing to groups, sharing playlists, dancing, jamming with friends or even listening together to the radio, are just some of many ways that music can help you socially connect with others. Music can even stop you from feeling too alone if you are by yourself! How do you use music to positively benefit your mental health? What kind of music works best for you, personally? We hope that at Rock of Ages, our lessons equip you with some solutions to the more stressful days.