Music has a strong influence on our emotions. As a result, listening to music is an extremely effective way to manage our stress.
For example, listening to slow and quiet classical music significantly relaxes our minds and bodies. Moreover, this type of music also benefits our physiological functions. For example, the music slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Furthermore, in the March 2013 edition of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers reported that listening to music reduced levels of the body’s stress hormone, cortisol. In addition, the music’s slower tempo quiets the mind and relaxes your muscles.
Most noteworthy, research shows that music around 60 beats per minute causes the brain to synchronize with the beat. This in turn, causes alpha brainwaves. In fact, alpha brainwaves have frequencies between 8 to 14 cycles per second. And, these alpha brainwaves are what is present when we are relaxed and conscious.
Furthermore, Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums, and flutes are also very effective at relaxing the mind. And they can do this even when played somewhat loudly.
In addition, sounds of rain, thunder, and nature sounds are also effective at relaxing the mind. And they can do this even when mixed with light jazz, classical and easy listening music.
However, forcing yourself to listen to relaxation music that irritates you can create stress instead of reducing it. So, first find music that works best for you. Most of all, you must like the music and then it must relax you.
Other popular methods to get relief from stress are illustrated in the infographic.