Science confirms what we've always known.
Chronic stress results in irregularities in the body’s stress response system, which can also contribute to anxiety disorders, depression, stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. But listening to music can help reverse these effects.
In a study out of Juntendo University in Japan, the effects of three types of music (classical, healing, and Japanese pop music) were tested on participants of a variety of age ranges. The study found that listening to music, especially that of the classical and healing genres, had three positive effects on the body:
- Improved heart rate variability.
- Increased blood flow volume (indicating a relaxing response).
- Rise in body surface temperature (indicating a relaxing response).
While the music was playing, participants were significantly more relaxed than when it was not playing, as the music helps to regulate their stress response system. So the next time you feel overwhelmed, put on some music (maybe even try some classical or healing music) and let the music heal your body, your mind, and your soul.
Since you are here…
…we’d like to have one more word with you. We are excited to report that Aleteia’s readership is growing at a rapid rate, world-wide! Our team proves its mission every day by providing high-quality content that informs and inspires a Christian life. But quality journalism has a cost and it’s more than ads can cover. We want our articles to be accessible to everyone, free of charge, but we need your help. To continue our efforts to nourish and inspire our Catholic family, your support is invaluable. Become an Aleteia Patron today for as little as $3 a month. May we count on you?