Calm down and carry on
Are you a little bit stressed (or a lot) by so much of what’s going on in the world right now? Yeah, it can pretty stressful to see so many polar opposite opinions of what’s going on. And how to solve the problems. So, a lot of people turn to drugs to help ease the stress. But what if you could calm down and carry on without using drugs? And without all those possible side effects. Well, I have a suggestion.
Maybe music can help you calm down and be up.
Of course, I’m bias when it comes to music. As a lifelong musician, I’ve seen (and felt) its almost medicinal benefits. And there’s nothing more uplifting than experiencing the birth of a new song.
(Side note: I’ve experienced a whole litter of new songs in the past couple of months.)
So, my bias will show through anytime I share anything about the health benefits of music. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong, of course. It just means I want the information to be true. And that might skew my view. Only a little. And not to the point of telling lies. Just to the point of encouraging action steps.
OK, that being said…what’s with this whole music and stress connection? Well, let’s say you have to go to the doctor because you’ve been having kidney or bladder problems. And your doctor says he’s gonna have to operate to alleviate your pain.
What happens the minute you hear you need an operation? Yeah, exactly. Your heart rate and blood pressure go up. But you know you don’t wanna keep dealing with all that pain. So, you agree, sign the form, and schedule the operation.
Then, the day of the surgery arrives. And you’re prepped and ready. They wheel you into the operating room. And, as your doctor smiles at you and explains the first steps, you notice he has ear buds in his ears. He sees you looking and says, “Hope you don’t mind. I’m gonna listen to Beethoven while I operate. It keeps me calm.”
How could you mind? Right? Anything that helps your surgeon stay calm and do the best job possible sounds like the right thing. But then, he tells you, “Oh, and we’re gonna give you some headphones so you can listen to the same music. And we’ll keep you awake during the operation. Sound good?”
Wait a minute. Headphones? Music?
“Uh, how about some anesthesia, doc?”
“Now, relax. Of course, we’ll administer anesthesia. But we won’t need to use as much supplementary intravenous sedation. Because the music is gonna help you calm down.”
Would you go for it? I would. Because research shows patients, who need an operation, and who listen to music, need less calming medication. And the less meds you’re on, the faster your body can get back to work on its natural ability to heal.
Plus…music helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate. And it helps boost immunity. Even as it lowers the stress hormone, adrenaline, in your blood. Oh yeah, it also helps lower cytokine interleukin-6, small proteins that can promote inflammation. And you don’t want’ that.
Keep in mind, I’m not talking about just any run-of-the-mill music. After all, how calm are you gonna be during your operation, if they blast some heavy metal or hip-hop into your head? No. Professionals will know your health and well-being are gonna require the good stuff. Beethoven. Or Mozart. Or Haydn.
But don’t wait till you need an operation to find out how well this works.
Calm yourself down today.
Music is an awesome way.
Make your day go right and sleep better at night.
That’s what good doctors say.
Grab some Merch
Or how about some music for kids