If you play the guitar, then you know how it can make you feel good to strum some tunes or just jam. Regardless of the type of music that you're into and why you got started playing, you're sure to experience some real physical, emotional and mental benefits from doing so. Here's why.
There have been numerous studies done regarding the use of music therapy. The results have shown that listening to music lowers stress, helps with pain management and enhances comfort levels. One study, in particular, noted that patients at nursing homes and cancer wards experienced an easing of pain by using rhythm techniques. Music that has a strong beat influences brain waves, including those associated with the autonomic nervous system. In turn, it tends to slow your heart rate and breathing. Outside of a health care setting, music is used by many individuals for relieving their day-to-day aches and pains and improving their physical activity levels. Of course, that's not only the case with listening to music. Much of the same benefits to heart rate, breathing, and greater physical activity is involved with actually playing music, such as the guitar.
It's no secret that listening to music can brighten your mood. It can turn around a rough day and put you in a better frame of mind. Did you know that playing the guitar can also increase those feel-good sensations? Regularly playing your guitar can relieve depression and anxiety symptoms. Since the physical, mental and emotional sides of people are connected, it's no wonder that the physical act of engaging in guitar playing can extend to the mental and emotional areas. Taking part in a hobby or creative endeavor gives you a sense of accomplishment. Especially if you experience depression and haven't gotten into many interests, this is sure to boost your self-confidence. When you work hard and see results, such as learning how to play a favorite song, you'll definitely feel good about yourself. You may even choose to share your newfound skill with others.
Everyone is creative deep down. When you play the guitar, you'll connect with that creativity and be able to express things more authentically. You'll also learn what it is to get into a flow state. This is the state of being fully immersed in what you're doing, such as playing guitar and enjoying it.
You don't have to be an expert guitar player to reap the benefits. Just picking one up and letting the music take over is enough. To get started, come down to our shop and pick out your perfect guitar.