Any form of music – whether you’re singing, listening or playing – can help reduce anxiety and the physical effects of stress.

That’s especially important during the stressful COVID-19 pandemic, which has altered work, school and home landscapes.

“I think it’s important to try to find a way to incorporate music into daily existence, whether it’s times of duress or any other time, to help,” said Dr. Lisa Jervis, an ob-gyn at Novant Health Integrative Medicine. “I truly think music is one of the best medicines.”

Jervis doesn’t just talk the talk – she’s a guitar player, too.

Numerous studies have shown that music can help ease stress, improve a workout, sharpen your memory, benefit healing and improve sleep quality.

The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers these tips on how to add music to your daily life:

  • Listen to music during the day, like when you’re driving or during exercise.
  • Sing and dance while you’re doing chores or cooking meals.
  • Play a musical instrument. Consider taking lessons or joining friends to make music.
  • Encourage your children to listen to music, sing or play an instrument.

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