Here at WGRT, we’ve been suggesting ways for you to relieve stress and to make the most of the stay-at-home requirements. One helpful solution might be as close as your radio. For hundreds of years, music has been used to provide comfort and hope during difficult times. More recently, scientific studies have attempted to measure the potential health benefits of music.
A large-scale review was conducted by a team from McGill University. After reviewing more than 400 research papers, researchers found that listening to music not only helped to reduce a patient’s stress, it also improved immune system function. In the review, they also found that listening to music can bring order and security to disabled and distressed children and relieve depression in older people.
Researchers conclude that music has long been considered one of humanity’s greatest creative achievements; as it turns out, this creative force may have serious medical implications as well. Study after study has shown that music not only helps to reduce stress, it can improve improve overall health as well. So when you’re feeling down turn on the radio!
Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn