After serving in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Sergeant Dunson finds relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through music. And he’s only one of many experiencing tremendous respite through music from the stresses of combat.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has found that music is not only beneficial in relieving patients’ PTSD symptoms, but also in reducing depression symptoms and improving overall health and quality of life. In many cases, music restores wholeness where other forms of therapy seem to fail.
The stress that you and I experience on a daily basis should not be minimized. However, the stress that cancer and its treatment inflict on sufferers is immense. Cancer patients find relief from pain and are even able to reduce their medications with soothing melodies washing over them.
In the pediatric wards of hospitals, music also calms the anxieties of children receiving IVs or undergoing other stressful procedures. Dentists too, find that music relaxes their patients.When reggae singer Bob Marley said,“When music hits you, you feel no pain,” his words struck a true chord.
Everywhere you find stress, anxiety and discomfort, music calms mind, body and soul. And if music can tame the troubled,sooth those with PTSD and cancer, just think what it can do for you in the everyday stresses of life.
Consider the following flash mob video in a food court at Christmas—a time when stresses run particularly high. As you watch this video, pay special attention to the expressions on the faces of those in the crowd before and thenduring the musical presentation.
Even as you watch this video, monitor your own response. The music and the spontaneity of the performance are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and melt away stress!