Sound waves have been used in various cultures as a tool for healing for over thousands of years. Regardless of the techniques and variations, their main intention is to move us from a state of imbalance, to a state of peace, stability, and tranquility. In modern term, this is known as Sound Therapy, a process by which sounds are utilised to enhance or generate positive experiences in another individual.

There are several reports that showed how sound waves can benefit our mental health. These sounds facilitate shifts in our brainwave state providing a more stable frequency within our mind. Interestingly, it is possible for us to tune our mind to a different psychological state in order to create shifts towards a different experience (be it physical, emotional, or spiritual) such that our mental wellbeing benefits from this experiential process.

Despite some scientific critics on the effectiveness of sound waves on our mental state, it is worthy to note that in the real world, busy professionals like you and I would stop at nothing just to get our lives fixed, if it is necessary. Therefore, whatever works, works.

The following are samples of sound waves that, when utilised, can help us move from a normal waking state (beta state, β) to be more creative state (gamma state, γ), or to a more relaxed state (alpha state, α), or to a meditative state (theta state, θ), or even into deep sleep (delta state, δ) where healing can occur.

Sounds That Can Heal Your Mind

Alpha: Click on the above image to listen.

Alpha sound calms us down and moves us into a state of deep relaxation.

According to

  • Too much alpha: Daydreaming, inability to focus, too relaxed
  • Too little alpha: Anxiety, high stress, insomnia, OCD
  • Optimal alpha: Relaxation
  • Increase alpha waves: Alcohol, marijuana, relaxants, some antidepressants
Beta: Click on the above image to listen.

Beta sound allows us to focus better and complete our tasks efficiently at work.

According to

  • Too much beta: Adrenaline, anxiety, high arousal, inability to relax, stress
  • Too little beta: ADHD, daydreaming, depression, poor cognition
  • Optimal beta: Conscious focus, memory, problem solving
  • Increase beta waves: Coffee, energy drinks, various stimulants
Gamma: Click on the above image to listen.

Gamma sound allows us to get into a state of creativity, binding of our senses in regards to perception. It is important for learning, memory and information processing.

According to

  • Too much gamma: Anxiety, high arousal, stress
  • Too little gamma: ADHD, depression, learning disabilities
  • Optimal gamma: Binding senses, cognition, information processing, learning, perception, REM sleep
  • Increase gamma waves: Meditation
Theta: Click on the above image to listen.

Theta sound helps us to experience deep and raw emotions such that we can feel these emotions in a meditative state. Theta waves allow a person to move into a meditative state of mind.

According to

  • Too much theta: ADHD, depression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattentiveness
  • Too little theta: Anxiety, poor emotional awareness, stress
  • Optimal theta: Creativity, emotional connection, intuition, relaxation
  • Increase theta waves: Depressants
Delta: Click on the above image to listen.

Delta sound is known for helping a person move into a state of deep healing sleep.

According to

  • Too much delta: Brain injuries, learning problems, inability to think, severe ADHD
  • Too little delta: Poor sleep, inability to rejuvenate body and revitalize the brain
  • Optimal delta: Immune system, natural healing, restorative / deep sleep
  • Increase delta waves: Depressants, sleep