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Whether it’s Beyoncé, Beethoven or the Bee Gees, listening to music can have a profound impact on your body and mind. Research shows motivational music can help you run faster, listening to songs you like can strengthen your memory and classical music can lead to a better night’s sleep.
In challenging times, music is also an effective tool for making you feel better, with studies showing that the right beats can release dopamine – or the happy hormone – into your brain.
To coincide with Mental Health Month, we asked nib Newcastle Knights backrower Lachlan Fitzgibbon to share the albums that help him relax and unwind off the field.
The Last Time is my favourite track. Taylor teams up with Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol for this song, and it always puts me in a good mood. It’s a good mix of pop and country.
Drake is a great storyteller. My favourite track on this album is Doing It Wrong.
This whole album tells a story from start to finish. When I listen to it, I start with track one and let it play through, but my favourite tune is Throwback. I like listening to this in the car.
This is a mix of slow and punk-style songs. My favourite track is Miss You because you can’t help but sing along.
I used to play the guitar when I was younger and would try to learn the songs off this album. My favourite is Why Georgia.
This album is soft, slow rap. Post Malone challenges the typical rap stigma. My favourite song on this album is Better Now.
Like Post Malone, he is a slow rapper. It’s really relaxing music to listen to and my favourite track is Downtown Love.
The movie was great but the soundtrack is even better. My favourite song is The Other Side. You can’t help but want to sing along.
These guys are a really low-key Aussie hip-hop group. They play the kind of rap you’d hear on Triple J.
Mr Jones is my favourite song on this one, but the entire album is great to sing along to.
Keen to read more tips and advice on how to reduce stress and improve your overall mental wellbeing? Check out our Mental Health Month series.