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Posted by Danielle Harvey on 10 October 2023
The issue of mental health has never been more important, three in five people in the UK suffer from some form of anxiety, but almost half of those people keep it a secret as they worry about being judged by others.
And around one in six of the British population also suffers from moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Those shocking statistics show that the issue is still not spoken about enough, which means that sufferers feel excluded. But music can make a big difference! Making or playing music has been proven to deliver many mental health benefits.
Mental Health Awareness Day, Tuesday 10th of October this year, to raise awareness of the positive impact of music on mental health, leading music insurer musicGuard has spoken out on the benefits of music in improving wellbeing and self-esteem.
"Our mental health influences so much of our everyday life, it's important this topic is widely discussed. Playing a musical instrument can help brighten up one's day and although it may not make their worries disappear completely, yet it can relieve stress" says James Whitten, the Marketing Manager at musicGuard. Playing music provides a mood boost, and can help to stave off depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts. It can reduce stress and improve confidence, giving a sense of purpose.
Music is a universal language that allows individuals to express emotions in a unique and powerful way. Learning to play an instrument provides an outlet for emotional expression, enabling individuals to convey their feelings, experiences, and thoughts through the art of music. It can be a cathartic and therapeutic experience, promoting emotional well-being and stress relief.
Boosts Confidence and Self-Esteem
Mastering a new musical instrument or writing a song instils a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-confidence. As individuals progress and overcome challenges, they develop a belief in their abilities and gain a sense of self-worth. Performing in front of others and receiving positive feedback further enhances confidence and self-esteem, providing a strong foundation for personal growth.
"Whether you're seeking to improve your mental health or just trying out something new, it's clear that playing music can help. Picking up an instrument can improve your mind and body" adds Whitten.
Mental wellbeing is just one of the many benefits that come from playing and studying music.
Read about more of the health benefits on: musicguard.co.uk/music-health-benefits