How can music therapy help those with anxiety?
with PAC Music Therapist Alison Hughey
Music therapy helps decrease anxiety in several ways:
- Physiological effects: Music has been shown to have physiological effects on the body, including reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels. These effects can help induce a state of relaxation and decrease feelings of anxiety.
- Distraction: Listening to music can serve as a distraction from anxious thoughts or feelings, allowing the individual to focus on something else and reduce their anxiety.
- Emotional expression: Music can be a powerful tool for emotional expression and can help individuals process and express their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.
- Social interaction: Music therapy involves social interaction with a therapist and/or other group members, which can help reduce feelings of isolation and improve social support, both of which can be helpful in reducing anxiety.
- Cognitive-behavioral techniques: Some music therapists may use cognitive-behavioral techniques in their sessions, such as cognitive restructuring or relaxation training, which can help individuals identify and challenge negative thoughts while developing coping strategies for managing anxiety.
Music therapy helps decrease anxiety through a combination of physiological, emotional, and cognitive-behavioral mechanisms, providing a holistic approach to anxiety treatment.