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Turn on the music and soothe your soul

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. May 11, 2011

Music has the ability to change moods, soothe nerves and energize your life. Much research has been done on the physical and emotional effects of music. Some of the benefits that have been noted in research include:

  • Improves communication
  • Enhances memory
  • Reduces pain sensation
  • Counteracts depression
  • Promotes activity (i.e. dancing, exercise)
  • Encourages feelings of relaxation
  • Calms and sedates (promotes sleep)

Explore ways to incorporate music into your life. For energizing ideas, think of ways to use music to promote movement. I have a friend who takes a break every day with music. She turns on the music and just dances for an hour! Dance to the music as much or as little as you can; just let your body move to the rhythm of the music.

For relaxation ideas, find your favorite songs and take time to meditate. Let the music transport you to another place and time. Allow your mind to drift away to positive thoughts and memories. Close your eyes and take in the music around you; it will make you smile inside and out!

I would love to hear from others who use music in their lives. Share ideas and thoughts, and even music titles for others to get inspired.


Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

May 11, 2011