Happy new year! It’s Jamuary, and what better way to start this year than trying out a new healthy habit. No, we’re not talking about going to the gym, eating more veggies, or sleeping for eight hours. Those things are definitely good habits though. What we’re aiming at is way more simple: just live your music and jam!

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Music habit and mental health

The habit of playing music has long been known to have a positive effect on our health, both physical and mental. The act of playing an instrument, in particular, has numerous benefits that can improve overall well-being. During Jamuary we challenge you to play at least two minutes each day to establish a routine.

One of the most notable benefits of the habit of playing an instrument is the positive impact on cognitive function. The brain is stimulated through the use of fine motor skills, coordination and problem-solving skills while learning a new piece of music. This can lead to improved memory, concentration, and overall cognitive function.

Stress and anxiety

In addition, playing an instrument has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. The act of creating music can be a form of meditation, allowing individuals to focus on the present moment and forget about daily stresses. This can lead to reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can have numerous health benefits, including improved sleep and a stronger immune system.

Playing an instrument can also provide a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. As individuals learn and improve their skills, they may feel a sense of pride and self-worth. This habit can lead to improved mental health and a greater sense of overall well-being.

Play piano and create a habit
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Physical health

Physical health can also be improved through playing an instrument. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and posture can all be improved through regular practice. In addition, playing an instrument can provide a low-impact form of exercise, as it requires the use of various muscle groups.

Furthermore, playing an instrument can provide a social outlet and form of socialization. Through group classes or joining a band, individuals can connect with others who share a similar passion for music. This can lead to improved social skills and increased social support, which can have numerous health benefits. Jamuary is all about those things, and by staying motivated you can benefit a lot from a good jam.

Join the Jamuary habit challenge

In conclusion, the benefits of the habit of playing an instrument on health are numerous. From improved cognitive function and reduced stress to physical benefits and social connections, incorporating music and instrument-playing into one’s routine can have a profound impact on overall well-being.

If you’re a Premium member of our community we challenge you to play 15 minutes a week. By doing so you’ll get some serious applause (only during Jamuary and only on our website). If you’re not Premium yet, we still challenge you to participate. You’ll have to imagine the applause though. Don’t wait, start playing and treat yourself to building a healthy habit right now. Happy jamming!

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Teo creates content, which means he writes, a lot, about music, and all things interesting. When it comes to jamming, his weapon of choice is the bass guitar.