Attending Live Music Concerts Reduces Stress, Study Says

Get your bum out to a concert and de-stress.

There might be scientific proof to back up why you love festivals so much.

A new UK-based study has evidence to suggest that live music concerts can reduce stress levels. Researchers got together a group of 117 individuals to attend two concerts at Gloucester Cathedral and Union Chapel in London.

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In the study, they took saliva samples before the attendees went to the concerts. They tested the samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone produced through physical or psychological stress.

An hour following the performances, they tested the attendees saliva for cortisol and noticed reductions from all the attendees.

According to The Telegraph, research lead Daisy Fancourt of the Centre for Performance Science revealed that taking in some live music can have a positive impact on our well-being.

“This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity.”

The researchers also found that “none of these biological changes were associated with age, musical experience or familiarity with the music being performed. This suggests there is a universal response to concert attendance among audience members.”

The body produces cortisol in response to stress, and while it is used to help metabolize carbohydrates, fat, and protein, it’s also been linked to diabetes and increased risk of heart disease. Cortisol levels can be lowered through massage therapy, dancing, laughing, and doses of various supplements including ascorbic acid (vitamin C), omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium.

So don’t hesitate to dance and express that sense of humour while ingesting some fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C while you’re out enjoying the festival circuit!

The performances in the study were of classical music, so keep in mind that could be a factor too. But if attending live concerts can reduce stress, I’ll just keep testing this conclusion!



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