You get one, precious life. How do you decide the best way to maximise your quality time?
That is one of the great questions about life. A year of lockdowns and temporary isolation from our normal work and social environments or losing the ability to travel wherever or whenever we chose, has seemed a hardship.
We often allow these situations to create moments of stress.
The physiologic opposite to your body's response to stress has been termed the “Relaxation Response”.
During this response your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism all slow down... the most important long-term effect is that your body becomes less responsive to the stress hormones.
Studies have found that listening to music can lower your body’s levels of cortisol, a hormone that can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.
Sleep, meditation and hypnosis research has encouraged scientists to take a closer look at music. A small body of scientific evidence suggests that music and other rhythmic stimuli can alter mental states and even heal damaged brains. Well, there you go, a hint of evidence is good enough for us, we liked the sound of that work and applaud the scientists involved.
According to them, listening to music can produce brain activity that has a therapeutic effect on the mind and body.
The scientists believe this could be like taking a pill. Listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication, in many circumstances.
Now, how good is that! Just don’t let the Christmas rush compound on all the events of this year. Turn to music instead.
So, we thought we would celebrate that with our T shirt, Only music can save us. It joins Unplugged, Kiwi Turntable, Rock and Roll and Kiwi Vinyl as a reminder of how important music is to us.