We often hear about comfort foods, but music can also be a comfort. Recent studies have shown that listening to music significantly reduces pain and anxiety during medical procedures. Favorite songs can serve as the perfect distraction during uncomfortable events, such as tending a scraped knee, getting a shot, or even saying goodbye after visiting friends.
Children love repetition. It creates a sense of control and comfort when they know what to expect. Singing familiar “comfort” songs when things are scary or stressful gives children a way to cope. Check out some of our children’s favorites like Children’s Favorites: 30 Classic Tunes for a variety of familiar and fun songs that can help in trying situations.
–Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch
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