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
60 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/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 stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 100 mgs of 5-HTP AM, 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan at noon.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin.
May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.
Oct 2014, off the Celexa. The 5-HTP is doing much better and leaves me feeling normal as compared to being on an SSRI.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
"Be Still and Know That I am God" Psalm 46:10