Playing an instrument is great for your mental health. Here’s why…

Playing Instrument Improves Mental Health | DMT

Music is therapeutic. Period. We all have that one or a couple of favorite songs that we can connect to at a whole different level. There is music for every mood. While others can just listen to the songs, but not create one; probably the best part of being an artist is that you all have the talent and skills to create your own music.

Every instrument has different reverberations. Maybe, that is why music is an integral part of meditation too. It is food for your soul, mind and body. In fact, some studies have also shown how playing an instrument can even give a boost to your cognitive abilities as well and can rewire your brain for good. A resource for good mental health.

So, if you are an independent artist, want to be one or practice it as a hobby, now you have one more reason to pursue it more fervently! Let’s look at the benefits together. 

How music affects cognition?

The impact can be found on both the musicians and non-musicians but musically inclined people have their auditory areas more activated. This helps in enhancing neural pathways more effectively. 

  • Slows ageing –
    Who wants to age? Everyone wants to look young and glowy. The music slows ageing because of a simple reason, that it keeps you happy and young at heart. As they say, stress gives you fine lines, music helps you steer clear off it. 
  • Increases grey matter –
    Grey matter is present in the region of the brain that helps in controlling muscles and hence when that increases the sensory perception like seeing, hearing, emotions, decision making, self-control and memory, even speech improves manifold. 
  • Offsets Dementia and other cognitive declines –
    With regular music practice, your brain becomes more resilient and the inhibition, attention span and processing speed also increase. A systematic review has also shown how the brain part that deals with reasoning and spatial organization advances as well.
  • Makes you sharper –
    The cognitive abilities due to practicing and playing an instrument improve and help you solve problems faster. The more, the neural connections occur, the stronger the mind becomes and the cognitive processing ability keeps multiplying. So, if you are a student or working full-time and want to or are side hustling as an independent artist, know that it will help you succeed in academics and in your profession too! 

Can Music Improve your Mental Health?

Music improves your cognition and also helps you fight anxiety, depression and reduce your stress levels significantly.  Established and independent musicians often use songs and music as a way to release their ordeal. Through music, it becomes way easier for them to identify their feelings, triggers, work on them to soothe and heal. 

All this also points out why songwriters are musicians and musicians are songwriters often. It doesn’t just help them pay bills but also strengthens their mind and soul.

Why not do more of what you love?

Clearly, it is not just about following your passion, it is way more. All the aforementioned benefits can be experienced by you too, but only when you believe in your dream, keep experimenting and try to work on several new tunes. 

Get started! Being an independent artist and being new in the industry does/ would make it a little tough for you. But, only if, you don’t get in touch with your two best friends- Social Media and Deliver My Tune. Get in touch with us to know how we can help you reach millions of people and turn them into your biggest fans while we also support you with free software for creating great music. 

Now, get on with your practice, share with us your new music, sit back and see it going viral and soothe many more. Remember, your music abilities are a gift, it can help heal many and improve mental health. Never keep it to yourself. 

Happy Composing!