Let's seek self-care in music therapy.
It's true our lives have become more hectic. Our calendars are jammed-full with appointments and an endless flow of messages pinging our phones and computers. It's time we acknowledge that self-care practices is paramount.
There are countless research that prove music can aid self-care, and has a healing impact on many ailments including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
In fact, just listening to music reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels. Listening to positive lyrics also increases positive thoughts as well as empathy.
Having said that, if listening to music and uplifting tunes can help ease emotional burnout, we believe in that turning up the speakers while you indulge in your favourite activity can give both your body and mind some good loving self-care!
If you haven’t already have them in your playlist, here are 5 songs go with some of the most popular self-care activities:
#1: Yoga & Meditation
Yoga and meditation are one of the best self-care tools. Spending time on your mat can benefit your brain, heart, muscles and bones!
Listen to: Bon Iver - Holocene
#2: Day Out In Nature
It’s good self-care to immerse ourselves in the outdoors. Being in nature and out in the sun lowers stress, promotes happiness, and improves productivity.
Listen to: Hozier - Almost (Sweet Music)
#3: Afternoon Reading
Books are magic. They provide an escapade away from your busy life to explore the world without actually having to leave the house. Best part is, reading also helps prevent Alzheimer’s, boost imagination, and increase empathy!
Listen to: Sigur Rós - Olsen Olsen
#4: Luxurious Spa Session
Taking a few hours for a spa session can nourish your soul and physically restore you! Studies have shown massages stress, promote relaxation and improve moods.
Listen to: Nora Jones - Come Away With Me
#5: Sex & Masturbation
Sex not only feels good, but can also be good for you! Orgasms cause your body to release a bunch of hormones, including oxytocin. This helps lower cortisol, boost immunity and relieve tension.
Listen to: Jem - Come On Closer