Jeff Reagan’s Sunday Thoughts (music edition)

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is put on some music and putter around the house.

Puttering is deeply relaxing, and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Plus, I like to have a soundtrack to make project time more enjoyable.

Karen also listens to music to relax (sometimes we even listen to the same songs, go figure).

And there’s the music we chose for our wedding, which is guaranteed to bring us right back to that happy day. Or the songs I sang along to as a teenager…

The lullabies Karen used to sing to our kids…

Music plays a central role in most people’s lives, and it turns out music does more than just relieve stress…

It can help relieve physical pain.

A recent review of studies in burn patients showed music intervention therapy helped burn patients feel less pain and anxiety during the difficult process of healing from a burn.

It helped them control their heart rate and breathing. It also helped reduce muscle tension. And all during very painful dressing changes, bathing, physical therapy, and rehab.

It helped patients elevate their pain threshold so that they felt less pain.

And this doesn’t just go for listening to music. Playing a musical instrument, singing, and songwriting are all great too. Though I don’t know this from personal experience… I can’t play a lick.

But apparently playing music improves breathing, heart rate and output, and lowers blood pressure.

The right music helps you relax. Or it can motivate you. Or bring you back to a time and place that you might have forgotten.

And these all do your whole body good.

Because music isn’t just working on your ears, of course. It’s working in your brain.

A song you love helps get your positive imagery circuits going in your head. It helps cue your brain and your body to deep relaxation. And it keeps you there.

It’s pretty tough to remain stressed when you’ve got your favorite tunes on the radio.

What’s the best music? That’s easy…

Whatever you like. If you get a good feeling from it, it’s the right choice, whether that’s bluegrass, rock, disco or classical.

Music therapy is being researched and used across the board these days.

We are seeing music used for memory and learning challenges, infant development, mood issues, and even to help us get a good night’s sleep.

Why not try your own music study? The next time you’re feeling stressed or experiencing aches and pains, put on your favorite relaxing album.

I know there’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon, music playing and meal prepping for the week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. With a song or two…

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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