Music that will provide stress relief comes in a variety of forms. In this context I define it as any style of music that calms and comforts you.
As a singer I’ve known for years that music reaches a part of me nothing else can. I am also very aware of just how music affects my mood. Some things I listen to energize me, others calm me and others get me quite depressed.
I like a wide variety of music, so it’s not necessarily always the type of music that determines how it is going to influence my mood. I especially like what’s called New Age. Mostly I feel it calms me. I love to play it while I do stressful work projects as well as when I drive in rush hour traffic to manage my stress levels and help my concentration. Some songs though have the opposite affect and leave me feeling further stressed as well as depressed so I make note of them so I won’t listen to them again!
Music, like scents, can also bring back memories pretty strongly. You’ve heard many couples speak of their song. At their wedding, it produces delighted memories. After a divorce however, hearing that song can have a totally different effect! So what you listen to for the purpose of stress relief is very significant. What you listen to for other reasons like exercising will be a different choice.
Music works as a stress management approach since the sounds go directly to the area of the brain that activates the release of serotonin. Increasing serotonin levels has been shown to aid in cutting down stress and depression.
In addition, the physical body often acts pretty well in response to music. Some of the benefits include slower breathing as well as heart rates and higher body temperature. These are physical signs of a state of relaxation.
It might possibly take some experimentation to discover the ideal stress relief music to give you the best result, however it’s most certainly worth the effort. Be sure to pick music that you love. Forcing yourself to pay attention to something just because someone else says it’s calming won’t work! It has to be right for you.
There are several stress relieving audio programs available that you can use as a start. They regularly offer a sample so you can see if it indeed would be useful to manage your stress.
As soon as you have a sense of the music that will help, try these tips:
- Take a 20 minute listen break every day.
- Listen to the music in a quiet place with no distractions.
- If you can, utilize headphones to block out extraneous noise.
- Lie down or sit in a comfortable place.
- To maximize the benefits, add stress relieving scents like burning a lavender scented candle.
You’ll see over time that stress relief music can help you manage stress and depression much more easily. A little carefully chosen music every day is going to certainly help.