Sunday, March 26, 2023
I wrote – Nada Sami and Fatima Mustafa:
The advent and departure of the holy month of Ramadan has been associated with many songs that document the joy that overwhelms hearts when it is received and the state of sadness that many people experience when it is gone.
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In this regard, Dr. Laila Ragab, a mental health consultant, said that Ramadan songs evoke memories that bring happiness to the soul, such as family gatherings for breakfast and suhoor and performing religious rituals.
Laila added that nostalgia or nostalgia for the past has positive effects on psychological and mental health, as it helps:
– Improve mood.
– Getting rid of nervous stress.
Breaking the routine of normal days.
– Stimulating creativity.
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Dr. Ibrahim Magdy, a mental health consultant, agreed with her, explaining: “When we hear Ramadan songs, each of us remembers the happy events associated with this holy month, such as decorating the house and streets with lanterns and colored lamps.”
Magdy explained the secret of the joy that we feel when listening to Ramadan songs, saying, “The brain secretes hormones when recalling memories associated with them, which play a major role in improving mood and feeling happy, in addition to their ability to reduce stress and anxiety.”
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And according to the “Very Wellmid” website, research revealed that music stimulates the brain to produce dopamine, which is associated with feelings of pleasure, and oxytocin, known as the love hormone.
There is practical evidence that music helps lower cortisol, a stress hormone, in addition to its active role in:
– Strengthening short-term memory.
– Resisting depression.
Reducing fibromyalgia, according to previous studies.
– Getting rid of insomnia and improving sleep quality.
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