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Mental Health and Music Therapy

Within the past week, 574 million Spotify listeners received their “Spotify Wrapped,” highlighting how important music is to so many individuals around the world. Music isn’t just a form of entertainment; music therapy has the ability to enhance mental health.

Listening to music can improve:

  • Cognitive performance,
  • Executive function,
  • Overall mood,
  • Creativity,
  • And focus.

According to Nielsen, around 75% of employees listen to music at least one time per week while working in an effort to improve mood and decrease stress.

Music therapy tips

  • Start with instrumental music. Music with lyrics can alter focus by interfering with verbal processing and memory.
  • Be mindful of tempo and volume. Find a tempo and volume that stimulates you but does not distract you.
  • Determine your preferred music texture. Dense music texture is very attention-grabbing for many listeners, and light texture often is not stimulating enough. Every individual’s preferences vary for this factor.
  • Use the Iso principle. Choose music that matches your current mood and then gradually alter your song selection to your desired mental state.

Surrounding yourself with music, when appropriate, is a great way to enhance your work performance, improve your mental health, and create a healthier lifestyle.