By Aditya Shukla, psychologist and guitarist
Playing the guitar is a social glue for its potential to entertain and form friendships.
Studies suggest hobbies improve well-being, especially when work stress is high. It also creates a boundary between work life and personal life.
Playing the guitar trains attention and thinking skills because it involves contextual analysis and learning.
The brain remains healthy when the body is engaged, and music-making is a powerful way to engage your senses and body.
Meditation and mindfulness is all about accepting reality with continuous calm focus. The guitar becomes a meditative practice, which reduces mental health problems.
Learning a skill and executing it is a sure-shot way to improve confidence and self-esteem.
Learning an instrument needs discipline, so adding the guitar to your life can help structure your day, which then improves daily life satisfaction.
Music mimics emotions, so human emotions can translate into music via fingers as a release. It also distracts from intense emotions and helps regulate them.