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Why playing guitar benefits your body and mind

Thanks to an old friend of my father’s, we got a guitar. I can’t wait to start playing, like I’ve always desired to do. But, before I do that, I thought it was a good idea to share why playing guitar has more benefits than you might believe at first sight!

  1. Minimises stress

We all get stressed from time to time – there’s no way we can officially ignore it. The good news is that picking up your guitar (or any other instrument) can help reduce the ill effects of stress on the mind and body. Playing music could reduce stress levels on a genomic level.

2. Happy mind

Playing music, as well as hearing music, can bring you some serious pleasure. Hearing music releases the feel-good chemical dopamine in the brain.

3. Improves intellect

Playing the guitar won’t only make you feel good, it’ll also improve your intellect. Guitarists (or any other musician) are more likely to have increased brain function. This can help protect against future mental decline.

4. Reduces pain

Here’s something incredible. A study suggests that listening to music, whether it’s recorded music or the music you play yourself, can distract you and thus relieve pain.

Person Playing Brown Guitar

5. Money

While you won’t make a big hit in the music business, playing guitar can still help you earn more than those who don’t. People who started playing music at an early age and continued to play music into adulthood were more likely to become successful innovators. That means if you continue to nurture your musicianship, you’re more likely to file a patent, publish lyrics, and build a business.

6. Increase of creativity

Did you know that musicians continue their creativity even when not playing their instrument? Musicians learn quickly and approach problems creatively. This means that playing guitar can help you thrive at work or school.

7. Protects your heart

Play guitar to protect your cardiovascular system. Individuals who played music for 100 minutes a day had significantly lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t.

Love, Deem/Skye Lewis ❀

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20 thoughts on “Why playing guitar benefits your body and mind

  1. Guitar practice was always my sanctuary and β€œhappy time.” I’m not surprised that playing guitar has similar benefits to meditation.

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