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,
- 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.