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Music's Healing Powers

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 08:36 AM

If you ever wondered whether music could help protect your health, consider the life of Maria von Trapp - "Louisa" in The Sound of Music. The last of the singing von Trapp children passed away this year at 99, more than three-quarters of a century after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria.

But you don't have to be a world-famous talent to let music soothe the savage beasts of anxiety, pain and depression, and fill you with a feeling of wellness and energy. A recent study out of the U.K. shows that sing-alongs can ease physical discomfort and psychological distress in folks 65 and older who are receiving nursing care for everything from dementia to heart disease. Premature babies seem to breathe, feed and sleep better when lullabies or soothing oceans sounds are brought into the NICU (not too loud, though). And cancer patients report less nausea and lower blood pressure after chemo when they listen to classical tunes.

So if you're feeling stressed, are recuperating post-op or are making a push to get healthier now, try this:

-Set aside 10 minutes daily for singing, playing or listening to music that calms you. (No angry lyrics or aggressive rhythms.)

-Let your mind and breathing follow the melody or drift into the sounds, putting aside specific worries or thoughts.

-Trying to change a behavior or accomplish a goal such as quitting smoking? Tell yourself, "My urge to breathe free is enhanced by the notes."

You'll be amazed at how much more energy and focus you have when the music stops!

© King Features Syndicate

 
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