From adults to children, the level of stress in our society seems to rising each year. Children are faced with changes in relationships, school issues, parental discord, parental discipline, and hormones. Adults face relationship issues with friends, relatives, spouses, bosses and job stress, life challenges, and health concerns. Although stress is unavoidable no matter what your station in life, age, sex, job or socioeconomic status, the good news is that you can manage your stress with some beneficial techniques that can be low to no cost depending upon your choices. That’s where music comes into play. What are the benefits of music to relieve stress? Keep reading to find out.
Using Music To Relieve Stress
The main goal in stress management is to decrease your risk potential for heart disease, stroke and immune mediated illnesses. Although it’s not always obvious, many people are able to manage their levels of stress simply with music. In fact, researchers have found that certain types of music will actually decrease stress levels and increase concentration in students. Many teens already use music in their daily lives. Scientists have found that soothing music will calm teens while hard, head-banging rock or rap music will actually start violent behavior and escalate anger. Below is an example of the type of soothing relaxation music that has been proven to reduce stress levels.
So our first suggestion is to make sure you use the right music for your stress management and you should notice improvements almost immediately. One good reason to use music is that you can listen to it pretty much anywhere – running, in the shower, at work or in the car. It’s low or no cost since you can listen to the radio or your choice of stations online. And you have your choice of artists and music types to fit your likes and dislikes.
Stress management with music also helps you to use other stress management techniques at the same time, such as breathing deeply and slowly. Or you can take your music with you when you leave a particular stressful situation and go for a brisk walk outside. Many people meditate or do yoga/exercise with music. Music can help to change your attitude and give you a more upbeat outlook for the day while melting away your stress.
Stress management with music also gives you a good release valve that is useful during all times of the day – and can be done privately or publicly. There are even music therapists who can help you determine the best way for you to improve your mental functioning and help you to feel calm and relaxed.
Using music to relieve stress, especially music that has affirming lyrics, will feed your brain positive thoughts and images. This will make your stress management twice as successful as when you use music that has negative messages. When you surround yourself with positive energy you decrease your stress levels and therefore the amount of stress hormone that is released, ready to do damage. For other tools and resources that can help you with stress, anxiety and depression, visit our Tools/Resources section.
PsychCentral: The Power of Music to Reduce Stress
Michigan State University: The Role of Music in stress Management
Music Therapy Association: Stress Managmeent
Disclaimer – Please keep in mind that we are not trained professionals here at Tools For Depression And Anxiety. The information on using music to relieve stress mentioned above was posted for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for any mental health issues.