We all have stressful lives – especially now in the post-pandemic era, folks are dealing with more stress and Mental Health issues than ever before. Having a creative outlet is the best way to relax, unwind, and enjoy doing something that isn’t related to the stressors of the day. Let’s talk about how playing guitar can help with your mental health.
1. Playing Guitar Can Be Therapeutic
Simply picking up a guitar and playing your favorite tune can make you feel…great! According to HCM Music Academy, “research has shown links between adults who play an instrument and lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, decreased heart rate plus a reduction in anxiety and depression.” When you play your guitar, your brain releases dopamine, which is basically a reward for a song well played.
2. A Welcomed Musical Distraction
Taking a few minutes (or even hours) of your day to play a song or two won’t solve all of your problems, but, it’ll be a welcomed distraction from whatever is causing stress. When you stimulate certain areas of your brain creatively, it’ll lead to better cognitive abilities. In short, playing music for a little while each day will actually help you deal with stress more effectively. Mental Health and music work together often, hand-in-hand.
3. Learning Guitar Improves Your Future Mental Health!
According to Men’s Health, “[if you play guitar] you are more likely to have sharper brain function, which can help guard against mental decline in the future.” By learning and playing guitar, you can make sure your mental health stays in check for the long haul. A Cambridge University study says that “musicians continue being creative even when they’re not playing their instruments.” Once you learn how to play, your brain will always be asking for more!
Mental Health Awareness is something to take seriously. At TrueFire, we want to make sure all of our students are happy and healthy while learning how to play guitar.
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