Music and Stress Reduction
Listen to your favorite music and stress takes a backseat.
Did you know that music has the ability to lower high blood pressure, reduce muscle tension and physiological factors associated with anxiety and depression?
Music has the potential to settle you down when you are stressed and uplift you when you are depressed.
It has the ability to move to spaces within us that are beyond our stress, anxiety, and daily worries.
After a hard day's work unwind with some relaxing music.
Put on Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Minor and let it take you to the snowy Salzburg, or let some soft ballads sooth and relax you.
Music can be a delightful mini-vacation from your hectic and unrelenting stress.
Music and stress relief: What music to select?
While I like Jim Wilson's Northern Seascapes as music for relaxation and stress relief, what is important in the relationship between music and stress is that you like the music.
Study after study has found that different people find different music relaxing because we often attach different emotions to the music.
So what is important is that you choose music that is relaxing to you.
But here are some tips on music and stress reduction:
Can I use music and stress management techniques together?
Music can also be a helpful in combination with various relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.
For example in a study conducted by Rider and colleagues in 1985, when progressive muscle relaxation script was dubbed over orchestral music, there were significant decreases in cortisol (a stress hormone) compared to the no music condition.
Music has also been show to reduce muscle tension when combined with biofeedback, compared to biofeedback alone.
Other stress management techniques
There are a number of warning signs of stress which can be reduced through stress management techniques.
Some of these include:
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