If you’re mental health has been circling the drain during the pandemic, then you might want to consider picking up a musical instrument. Why? Science, bitch!
According to a new scientific study commissioned by Spotify, almost nine in ten adults in the UK reported that playing a musical instrument had a positive impact on their mental health, particularly by amping up feelings of relaxation and happiness.
Out of a sizeable 89% chunk, 56% felt more relaxed, 48% felt “satisfied” and 43% felt more “peaceful” after having a jam, while over a third reported that playing music gave them “a sense of purpose in life”.
The study was conducted as a part of the Where Is My Mind? podcast, hosted by Niall Breslin, about the intersection between music and mental health.
For the most recent episode “The Lockdown Ukulele Rockdown”, Breslin bought up over 400 ukuleles and gifted them out to people who were struggling with their mental health.
Each person was then taught how to play the song ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and practiced until they became proficient enough to record themselves for a collective cover of the song.
One of the uke participants, Emma Cooke, reflected on her experience, saying (via Consequence Of Sound): “Learning the ukulele was such a challenge, but like anything you just have to stick with it, follow the advice and stay focused.
“Not thinking about the news or being attached to social media was hugely satisfying and gave me a sense of purpose,” she continued. “I will definitely continue playing, and would encourage anyone who finds themself in isolation, and facing challenges with their mental health to do the same.”
You heard the lady!