Calming Music for Kids

Importance of Relaxing Music for Kids & Parents

Calming Music a must for Children and their Parents

Concentration is a difficult task for many kids. With all the distractions and attention grabbing devices it makes its harder for children to focus. Children now have access to phones, tablets, laptops and non-stop cartoons on the TV. Even when you eliminate the television, they have access to those same distractions on their iPad or tablet.

Relaxation music can have lots of benefits for kids, whether they need to concentrate and study or just relax and pray. Children are very responsive to music, specifically instrumental music. My daughters specifically like piano music and are very responsive to ballad gospel and jazz music. It literally changes their mood in an instant.

It seems that we have forgotten the power of music in this digital revolution. Take a moment and think of your favorite times as a child. Often those times are associated with a song or artist. Personally, I remember my father playing Sade and Tina Marie on our drives to race BMX.

While I loved racing, as I still do it as an adult, I have more memories of the drives than I do of the actual racing. 

Soothing Music's Long Term Impact on Child Health

I really like using personal examples. Not to say this will be the case for everyone, but some will have this same feeling I get when I listen to the good music that my parents listened to. I ask the question, how do you think listening to those artists make me feel now? The obvious answer is happy, relaxed, grounded, and with a strong sense of who I am.

 

Music Mental Health

There is a lot of talk about mental health. I am not an expert nor psychologist, but I believe music can assist children in developing mental fortitude. How? 

In a brand new white paper published in "Nature and Neuroscience," scientists were able to obtain valuable information on how music influences the brain. The first thing they discovered is that music triggers the release of dopamine. Dopamine in simple terms acts like a messenger. You can have proper functioning messengers that deliver signals on time, or inconsistent messengers that are too fast, too slow or don't deliver at all. Nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable stimuli!

Music is more than sound. In a world full of distractions and the increasing obstacles it is becoming more difficult to raise children that can relax, slow down and focus so that they can properly develop and grow into the adults that can make this nation better.

Here is a quick link to a great piano instrumental CD that children enjoy. It has been an amazon best seller for children's music and instrumentals.

 

I’ve searched for relaxing music in a number of styles and for a variety of ages. (This music is wonderful for adults, too!)

 

MUSIC & RELAXATION

My focus for over 14 years has been the practice of developing mental fortitude, peak fitness & health, and a strong internal infrastructure.  One of the best ways to “get your mind right” is giving yourself and your child and opportunity to relax, meditate and pray. Music and relaxation is key!

Listening to music is often seen in opposition to meditation, but the right music can put you in the proper state to allow your mind to slow down and release the tension in your body. This can be especially helpful when both child and parent are increasing the stress levels. The parent gets impatient, the child feels a sense of rejection and reacts with more friction, which further increases the stress. It's very hard to focus in this situation.  

The music should be absolutely absent of bad language, judgement, anger, materialism and other topics that promote external vices. This is why calming, soothing music is usually the way to go. Instrumental music is usually best, but there is always an exception. The right relaxation music can reinvigorate the soul!

 

26 BENEFITS OF RELAXING CALMING MUSIC FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN

 

 

  1. Slow Aging – Relaxing music may actually fight aging and help make you look and feel younger. Some studies found that relaxation music may diminish brain deterioration related to age. 
  2. Decrease chances of depression and have more focus – Just 30 minutes of relaxation music might do the trick. Researchers say 30 minutes of meditation improves your health. Combine a calming music with a lunch time prayer, or taking a break from a stressful situation and meditating on kindness. 
  3. Less Stress – When you take time to slow down and listen to good music, you’re able to defeat the part of the brain responsible releasing cortisol, the damaging stress and aging hormone.
  4. Better Eating Habits – Relaxing music can help you become more aware of how your body responds to certain foods. You might notice differences in your body when eating fast food versus a diet containing greens, fresh fruits, and high quality proteins.
  5. Relieve Tension – Relaxation music may be an excellent line of defense against headaches. Taking time to reduce the stress by listening to music will stop stress hormones (cortisol) from releasing into your system.
  6. Be Kind – Relaxation music can help you approach life with a kinder heart. Too often we react with unkind words because we are stressed or meditating on a negative thought.
  7. Rest, Recover, Renew – Relaxation music gives you time to rest, recover and restore, so you have energy to give to those things most important to you.  You can respond and overcome the challenge versus reacting out of frustration.
  8. Boost Memory – By clearing your mind of nonsense you will remember the important things and what you focused on during calming music. Soothing music has been shown to not only improve memory but to help cut back on distracting thoughts.
  9. Peak Fitness – Instrumental calming piano music allows you to rest your body, removing stress from your body and giving it the recovery time it needs.
  10. Boost Immunity – Your immune system works better when your mind and body are at peace. When stress hormones are constantly released, your body is ill equipped to fight off other invaders (germs and viruses) that may be in your environment, and it cannot repair itself as quickly from existing injuries. Taking time for relaxation music allows you to focus on simple things like breathing, listening to your body and your surroundings. As an athlete, I found this gave me quicker recovery times, and resulting in fewer small injuries that add up over time.
  11. Improve Relationships – Taking time to listen to calming music will help you and those your are connected too. In fact, it may help you avoid arguments when dealing with a common relationship issue. Try relaxing music anytime you feel like telling your husband or wife you've had enough. 
  12. Heart Health – Calming music = less mental fatigue. No stress = less cortisol = no high blood pressure, thus lowering the possibility of a heart issues in the future.
  13. More Restful Sleep – Ever meditated at the end of a yoga class? Did someone you know fall asleep? I have! Relaxing music can give the mind the environment it needs to fall asleep. That’s where calming music comes in. Keeping your mind at peace throughout the day will reduce stress and lead to a better, more restful night’s sleep.
  14. Be more Creative and Innovative – Calming music clears the mind of nonsense. This allows your mind to do what it was naturally intended to do, which is solve problems and create. Listen to music long enough and new solutions may just pop into your head.
  15. Career Improvement – Simple math: “Calming music + You = More Energy to give to things that are important to you.” When you become a better problem solver, a sharper thinker, a more patient person, and a kinder person, you become much a much more valuable asset to your colleagues.
  16. No more Pill Poppin' – Simply eliminating stress will have a powerful impact on your body's immune response and overall wellness. Also, soothing music can increase your body awareness, which should help you more proactive about your health. You will start seeing the benefits of eating right, exercising and getting proper sleep.
  17. Children can Focus - Give your children a chance to slow their busy minds by playing relaxing music.
  18. Children get Better Sleep - At bedtime, children tend to fall asleep when listening to relaxing music.
  19. Academic Improvement – Soothing music can lead to better focus and higher scores on cognitive tests. Read more on the Mozart Effect below.
  20. Energy for Days – The right music leads to an inner confidence and fewer feelings of anxiety and mental fatigue. This boost of energy can last for days, and it can become a permanent fix if you create a daily meditation practice!
  21. Intimacy – Some studies have shown that nice music can add a little spice to your life! (and wife!)   
  22. Minimize Anger – Relaxation Music creates an environment to clear the mind of negative thoughts, focus on what you have, as opposed to what you don't have, and recharge. In addition, as you focus on quiet time you will calm your mind and relax your body. Anger will be a slower response because you won't be on edge but rather in a more balanced state.
  23. Prepare for the Obstacles – If you know you will be going into a trying situation, it might be a good idea to listen to relaxing music beforehand. This will prepare you for the challenges and put you in a calming mindset, which can result in you responding to the trials with more clarity, versus reacting in anger or frustration.
  24. Sports Performance – Relaxing music often lowers your heart rate. A lower heart rate will allow you to perform at optimal levels when the competition starts. Often people get so amped up they tire out in the first few minutes of competition.
  25. Music is Less Expensive – Be your own therapist by listening to relaxing music daily. Purchasing calming music is less expensive when compared to other forms of relaxation, like massage and spas, and it's much less expensive than a psychologist.
  26. Boost your Brain Power – Very simple, replace the TV with relaxing calming music. You will see an improvement in your quality of life, as well as more time to do things that truly inspire you. Reading and listening to relaxing music is something the entire family can do. 

  

HOW YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO MUSIC

 

Calming music requires a quiet and relaxing environment. If you are unable to create this environment, get a nice set of noise canceling headphones. Bose is a great choice. My girls listen to my "Meditation Music" album and I can say it changes the household. Of course it is my music, but I find that they are able to focus on coloring or numbers without the need for 24/7 attention.  

DO THIS - To get the most from relaxation music, turn the lights down low. Sit in a circle as a family, hold hands, close your eyes and absorb each sound. Or just chill on your couch, or in your favorite chair. Close your eyes and try to relax. Let the music fill you up!  The relaxing, peaceful sound will calm your body.

 

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND FOCUS ON THE HEALTH BENEFITS - Relaxation music works to slow your heart rate. You are no longer troubled by problems at work. Family relationships are now easier to understand and improve. You have the relaxed confidence to move forward in your life and achieve the things you’ve always wanted.

Instrumental piano music helps you to relax your mind. No words or disruptive sounds, just calming, soothing piano instrumental to chill and focus. Both you and your child can benefit.  As you relax, you lose anxiety and are able to release tension. Your mind is free and clear from stress and friction.

The world is filled of with complex challenges and non-stop triggers for stress. People are going from work to home and out again to do errands in record time. The corporate environment is more demanding than ever, constantly demanding you get more done and do it better. The family needs you, bills need to be paid, your child needs you, and you wonder why your child is a little anxious! You want to succeed at everything, but the stress of your busy day starts to influence you. Your mind stops working, it simply shuts down under the pressure of all the things you need to do. You feel discouraged. Relaxing music is what you need.

Listening to calming music quickly slows your mind, your body, and your soul. Soon the job and home are no longer the insurmountable obstacles that they seem to be.  Now you have the relaxed confidence to face even the most daunting tasks. You come from your listening session with an organized list, a renewed energy source, and a smile.

Music, Mind and Mozart

The most highly talked about musical mental influence is the "Mozart effect." The researchers found that many musicians have high cognitive abilities like mathematical skills.  Researchers investigated how listening to this specific type of music affects brain (cognitive function). In their study, they gave a standard IQ test to 3 groups of college students, and then compared those who had spent 10 minutes listening to Mozart with a group that listened to a relaxation tape and one that waited in silence. Mozart was the winner. Mozart had a positive impact on brain function and consistently improved test scores.

Next, the researchers observed to see if the impact was specific to the Mozart type of classical music or if any genre of music would improve brain function, specifically cognitive performance. Mozart seemed to help, by improving spatial reasoning as measured by tricky paper cutting, folding, and short-term memory IQ tests.

It's clear music enhances cognitive performance, even if it can’t be fully explained. Scholars say that listening to music helps arrange the igniting of neurological nerve cells in the part of the brain responsible for higher cognitive functions.

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