An article on www.cnn.com shows that music reduces stress and lift mood. Studies are showing that music may be one of the best de-stressors either by playing or even listening to music. Long-term stress can wreak havoc on the cardiovascular system. Over time, it can cause blood vessels to stiffen and become rigid, constricting blood flow. As people get older, arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, becomes a problem. Constricted vessels can cause blood pressure to rise and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Stress can also suppress the immune system, contribute to infertility and impotence, speed the aging process and even rewire the brain, leaving people more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
But music can counter the effects of stress and open up the blood vessels. When you listen to music you like, it gives a feeling of well-being. Interestingly, listening repeatedly to the same tune diminished the music’s effects on the body. You don’t feel the same way if you listen to the same song over and over again. There is a need to vary songs, so when you hear the song fresh, it brings back the sense of joy and opens up the cardiovascular system. A recent study out of Stanford University also found elderly patients who were diagnosed with depression gained self-esteem and saw an improvement in their mood when they were visited by a music therapist.