Have you ever listened to a song and it gave you goosebumps? Has a song ever made you cry or made you angry? Chances are, one of these has happened to you at least once in your life.
Think about people at the gym or before a game listening to “Eye of the Tiger” to get pumped up and improve their workout. There’s something about music that evokes a psycho/physiological response in us. What is that “something”?
Over the years, there have been numerous studies done on music therapy for the treatment of cardiac issues, people who are in a vegetative state, depression, anxiety, etc. But why have people experimented with music for treatment at all?
Studies have shown that our heart rate tends to sync with the music we’re listening too. Music with slower beats equals a slower heart rate and a calmer feeling. The faster the music, the faster our heart beats and the more anxious we feel. It seems logical, right?
Music tastes are subjective. That being said, the vast majority of humans who want to relax will not turn to heavy metal music! Instead, they may turn to classical music or music with a slower beat. There’s no denying music’s effect on our mood.
Although there can be much more said about music and its effect on our mood, the simple fact is that we don’t need science to tell us we are affected by sound. So, the next time you’re feeling anxious, put on some Mozart or Bach, sit back and let the rhythm take you away.
We’ve all heard the term, “laughter is the best medicine”, but is there any truth to that? There have been several studies on the subject, and most show that there does appear to be a positive correlation between laughter and mental health. In one article written by The Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institutional Letter, they noted that in people with depression, there is a decrease in the regions of the brain that are associated with something humorous. Knowing this, scientists may be able to develop a treatment that can potentially decrease the symptoms of depression!
Scientists also know that when someone is laughing or finds something humorous, the brain releases dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that rewards the brain to signal something pleasurable. We are programmed to increase doing things that our brain deems pleasurable and decrease doing things that are not. This is a no brainer (see what I did there?).
Of course, we don’t need science to tell us laughter feels good and helps us feel better, at least for the moment. Next time you’re feeling down, try watching or reading something funny. It may seem forced, but you may also notice a slight change in your mood. I recommend laughing whenever possible. It may not work, but at the very least, it can’t hurt!
Hello again! In my first post, I spoke about allowing ourselves to be imperfect, because we all are. The problem is, I strive for perfection! It’s a self-defeating goal, because there is no such thing.
My goal with this website is to blog once a week. I started my blog before Thanksgiving, 2019, and here it is mid December, and I’m just writing one! As we all know, life gets in the way despite our best efforts. We get side tracked, forgetful, over-scheduled, stressed out! For me, I thought about my next blog topic obsessively, but had writers blog. I was not inspired by anything and felt that anything I wrote would be forced and “fake”. At the time of writing this blog, I just got fed up with myself for not living up to my expectations and not having any new content to share.
Sometimes, frustration and feeling stuck is the catalyst we need to inspire and get moving again! I urge you to reflect on areas of your life where you feel stuck or frustrated and see what is keeping you from moving forward.
Welcome to my blog! Before I go into the title of this post, I want to introduce myself. My name is Annie Schmidt and I am a mental health practitioner in Omaha, Nebraska. In my practice, I help individuals cope with anxiety, loss, depression and many other issues. I have found that my purpose in life is to help people reduce their suffering any way I can.
Now, to the title of this blog. I and many others struggle with trying to be “perfect”. We’ve all heard people say, “there’s no such thing as perfection.” Even if we know this intellectually, we cannot fully embrace this philosophically. We continue to strive for that unknown that is perfection.
This is my first blog site, first time formatting and managing my own website and first time starting private practice. I want everything to be perfect and give that fantastic first impression, despite not having prior experience. But the truth is, there is no such thing as perfect and as the saying goes, “there’s a first time for everything”.
So, as I continue to blog, I hope you will forgive my miserable grammar and punctuation, my quirky sense of humor and the evolution of myself and this blog and let’s be perfectly imperfect together!