Music can have a huge impact on your physical, mental and emotional health, according to new research from the University of Oxford.
Music is often associated with relaxation, and people with mental health issues may be less likely to engage in it.
However, recent research from Oxford found that music can actually make people feel more stressed.
Dr Paul McDonagh from the university’s Institute of Psychology, said: “Our research shows that the effect of music on wellbeing is much more significant than previously thought.”
Our research has shown that music has an impact on mood, anxiety and stress levels, and the impact of music can be reduced by the time a person is listening to it.
“The music stops when someone is listening, but if they are not listening, it stops when the music is played.”
In other words, it may be that people’s mental health problems can be curbed by music rather than by other things like stress or other health problems.
“Music is a common part of people’s daily lives, and has been shown to be good for mood and health.
Dr McDonach said: “[Music] is a very important part of the social interaction we have with people, and we need music to maintain social connections.”
We don’t always think of music as a good thing, but music has this really powerful effect on people.”
Music can also have a calming effect on a patient, as long as it isn’t too loud, he added.
“There is evidence that people with serious mental health conditions like anxiety and depression may be more likely to have anxiety when listening to music.”
Dr McDoagh said that while listening to some types of music may be calming, music with a more soothing tone was also effective.
“People who are listening to soothing music, like classical music, tend to be calmer,” he said.
“When we talk to people who are depressed, we find that calmer music can make them feel better.”
He added that while people who listened to music when they were depressed tended to have worse mental health outcomes, there was evidence that music that was soothing or melodic could help people cope.
“I think it’s interesting that the positive effects of music are associated with listening to calming music rather a music that is more melodic, like a classic rock song,” he added.””
So there are potential benefits to music that are linked to listening to different types of soothing music.
“The findings of the study are published in the journal Health Psychology.