Today, more and more people suffer from stress and anxiety. We could all benefit from taking a step back and investing in our mental health. One way to do this is to surround yourself with sound.Also read – What is sleep apnea and why is early diagnosis essential?
What is sound therapy?
Sound therapy is an ancient practice that is becoming popular again. It uses healing sounds to improve your mental and physical health. It can alter brain function and even treat several mental health issues, such as depression.1 Sound therapy is about bringing balance and harmony to your life with the help of soothing sounds. From listening to the sounds and music of nature to chanting and visiting a trained practitioner, sound therapy can help. Read also – Vitamin C, D and zinc do not decrease your chances of dying from Covid-19: study
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Nature plays an essential role in our health. In the 1980s, Japanese researchers discovered the healing benefits of spending about 40 minutes in nature, which led them to promote spending more time outdoors.2 Nature sounds can help reduce stress levels and provide a feeling of calm and relaxation, while improving your mood. .3 Now, since we can’t all run away to the hills, visiting your neighborhood park or even listening to artificial nature sounds through mindfulness apps can help. One such app is Ruhgu, which has a great library of nature sounds.
Chanting specific phrases, chanting devotional mantras and saying seed sounds form the cornerstone of many religions. This ancient practice, first thought only to bring us closer to the divine, also has many mental health benefits. It can decrease stress and anxiety and relieve depression. 4 So even if you are not religious, you can still breathe deeply and say phrases and words such as Om, Allaho Akbar, Om Mani Padme Hum, Amen, Wahe Guru or any other chant or mantra you wish. Alternatively, activate a mindfulness app to passively listen to these healing words.
Another ancient method that has health benefits is generating sounds using singing bowls, Tibetan gongs, tuning forks, and even drums. These instruments are struck or circled in a particular sequence by a trained therapist and placed around you to create certain sounds and vibrations. These vibrations release tension, reduce anxiety and depression, and increase spiritual well-being.5
In recent years, musical compositions, such as meditative music, white noise and binaural beats – hearing a different tone in each ear at slightly different frequencies – have become common. These soothing, slow-paced rhythms can relax your mind and muscles.6
Ruhgu, a mindfulness app created by award-winning artists around the world, contains a large library of audio content, including simple meditations, music for sleep, awakening audio stories, nature sounds and songs.
(Contributions from Dhruv Patel and Dr. Batul Patel (Founder – Ruhgu)