Episode 18: Using Music to Improve your Mood
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We know for sure that listening to music you enjoy can boost your mood. A scientific study from McGill Univeristy found that music can release dopamine – the feel good chemical – in the brain.
In this episode, Dr Victoria Williamson – a lecturer in Music Psychology – talks us through this connection and how we can use music we love, or music that relaxes us and helps us unwind – to help us feel a little better.
Listen to her episode here:
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Transcript for Episode 18:
VO: 60 Second Support
Professor Green: I’m Professor Green, bringing you help and advice from some amazing people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Victoria Williamson: Hi, I’m Dr Victoria Williamson and I’m a music psychologist.
Not woken up in the best headspace?
Stick on your personal, feel good, inspiring melodies and focus on the lyrics or melodies, feel the beat, and let it guide you into whatever you choose to do next.
Upbeat, strong tempo music is also great when you’re feeling a little unmotivated, or when you want to exercise.
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, listen to music that is calm in tempo, simple in form and that contains your favourite instrumental sound or voice.
And don’t forget that creating music and singing are amazing ways to express how you’re feeling and process your emotions – whether you choose to share the music you create.
VO: 60 Second Support with Heads Together… supported by the Audio Content Fund.
Professor Green: For more help and advice visit headstogether.org.uk