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5 Health Benefits of Playing Music

5 Health Benefits of Playing Music

The Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Thousands of years later, and these words still ring true. This week, National Buy a Musical Instrument Day falls on May 22nd, which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate with music. 

No matter how old you are, what your musical taste is or whether or not you can read a note, there’s never a wrong time to learn how to play an instrument. In fact, there are significant advantages to learning music. Check out these five health benefits from playing music.

1. Music makes you smarter.
Over the years, studies have consistently shown a correlation between musical training and academic success in both children and adults. Even when an adult learns to play a musical instrument for the first time, it stimulates the brain and improves functions such as memory and abstract reasoning skills. This is because playing music releases brain-building compounds like BDNF, CREB and synapsin I, neural growth factors that strengthen your mental capabilities. Therefore, if you want to be smarter, start by picking up an instrument.

2. Music gives community.
Not only does music improve your mental health, but it can also benefit your social health, as well. There are a variety of music communities out there for you to get plugged into. Even for solo musicians, you can still find groups, friends and online environments to share tips, ask questions and expand your skill. If you decide to pick up a musical instrument, don’t go at it alone. Join a musical group in your area to develop relationships with different kinds of people, build leadership skills and grow together as a team. This communal environment can dramatically improve your social wellbeing.

3. Music provides creativity.
As you grow in music, you also stretch your mental and emotional health through creativity. Music challenges individuals to try new things, work on distinct tactics and expand their creativity. This can be remarkably beneficial for your emotional health. In fact, music can help you process through emotions by playing music you enjoy, experimenting with melodies or writing your own songs. As you learn a musical instrument, lean into the challenge by embracing your creative side. Your overall health will thank you for it.

4. Music relieves stress.
Because music gives you an opportunity to process creatively through thoughts and emotions, it also allows you to relieve stress. Multiple studies have shown how playing music can genuinely make people happy. One study cited by Inc. even found that listening to and playing music reduced anxiety and lowered levels of depression in participants. Instead of wallowing in your concerns, music gives you an outlet to focus your energy on a positive activity, relieving your stress, lowering blood pressure and getting your heart rate down, so you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. 

5. Music builds confidence.
Ultimately, music can even help build your confidence, improving your full-range of health. There’s no feeling like setting a goal, putting in time and energy towards it and eventually reaching your accomplishment and mastering a song. The more effort you engage towards music, the more it will improve your confidence and strengthen your health. If you want to feel better throughout your daily life, consider picking up an instrument and giving it a try.

There’s no doubt that learning and playing music provide a multitude of benefits. If you want to celebrate National Buy a Musical Instrument Day this week, consider trying music for yourself for a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


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A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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