Music therapy has been study in many different situations. It is beneficial. If you have found a music that allows you to relax and stay focused, it is probably good. The right music causes just enough brain stimulation to enhance blood flow without raising blood pressure. There is a big difference between upbeat and overly stimulating music. Only you can tell what works for you.
There is music that can stimulate dopamine production (euphoria) without stimulating blood pressure increases from adrenal over-stimulation. Think of the after-glow from sex. Music that allows you to float like that is very good. If you are not getting the first, be sure to get the music like the second.
A good time with Caleb flashing big smiles and laughter with you laughing along is also very good. I sometimes will replay a TV commercial with one of the fabulous smiles just for the brief pleasure. Emily Caillon of Olay Regenerist is one of my favorites. There are some good ones of those gorgeous child faces mugging for the camera too.
Puppies and young animals can elicit the same response. Think of a beautiful sunset or sunrise. Learn to enjoy these simple pleasures. They can greatly enhance you life. This is much different than browsing adult magazines.
I like to savor a good piece of dark chocolate. I nibble tiny bites and let them dissolve on my tongue. I savored some bites of a cherry topped cream cheese pie tonight at Brain Injury Support Group Christmas dinner. Oooooh
Fremont Street experience is way over the top. It is not a simple pleasure. Think of napping with Caleb napping next to you and hearing and smelling his breathing. Not quite like an infant but still good.
My best to you.
Mark in Idaho
58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and successfully stopped all paroxetine after 3 months of tapering down. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan when I wake up, 500 mgs after breakfast with my vitamin regimen and 500 mgs late in the evening.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed .25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
"Be Still and Know That I am God" Psalm 46:10