Learning a musical instrument can be an effective way to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Here are some benefits of learning an instrument for stress reduction, supported by references from reputable sources:
- Music as a stress-reducing activity: Engaging in musical activities, including learning and playing an instrument, can serve as a stress-reducing activity. According to a study published in the journal “Psychology of Music,” playing a musical instrument was found to significantly reduce cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress, in older adults (Khalfa, et al., 2003).
- Distraction from stressors: Learning an instrument requires concentration and focus, which can divert the mind from stressors and worries. When individuals are absorbed in playing an instrument, it can provide a form of distraction and help shift their attention away from stressors, leading to reduced stress levels.
- Expression of emotions: Music is often considered a universal language that can convey and evoke emotions. Learning to play an instrument can provide an outlet for expressing emotions, such as frustration, sadness, or joy, in a healthy and constructive manner, which can help individuals manage and reduce their stress levels.
- Relaxation and mindfulness: Playing a musical instrument can be a meditative and mindful activity that promotes relaxation. The repetitive nature of practicing and playing an instrument, focusing on the sounds and sensations, can induce a state of relaxation and mindfulness, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm.
- Sense of accomplishment: Learning and mastering a new skill, such as playing a musical instrument, can provide a sense of accomplishment and boost self-esteem, which in turn can reduce stress. As individuals progress in their musical abilities and achieve their goals, it can provide a sense of satisfaction and pride, leading to a reduction in stress levels.
Numerous adult students at Brookfield Music have expressed their pleasant surprise at how music lessons have become a source of stress relief and anxiety reduction in their lives.
Would you like to experience it for yourself? You can find details about our adult music classes right here.
We’re more than willing to engage in a conversation about your ideas and specific needs to kickstart your marvellous musical journey.
Khalfa, S., Bella, S. D., Roy, M., Peretz, I., & Lupien, S. J. (2003). Effects of relaxing music on salivary cortisol level after psychological stress. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 999(1), 374-376.
Note: Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional for medical advice or if you have specific health concerns related to stress or any other condition.