Numerous studies have shown that music can reduce stress by slowing your heart rate and decreasing stress hormones. If you’ve ever sought refuge in relaxing music after a long and tiring day at work, you know that music has a powerful ability to boost our mood and reduce stress, anxiety and chronic pain.
Listening to music is an inexpensive, quick and simple solution that’s almost always available and is a real life saver. Faster music can make your feel more alert and improve your concentration. Slow music can relax your muscles and calm your mind, while upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic.
Here are a few simple but very effective ways you can use music every day to help relieve stress and boost mood.
Start Your Day With Music
Music is one of the best ways to improve your mood and start your day off right. Set your favorite song as your morning alarm clock and once you are up and moving, put some relaxing and inspiring music. Listening to relaxing music as you get ready for the day can put you in good and peaceful mood that will stay with you throughout the entire day.
Sing Everyday, Everywhere
If you want to feel better immediately, you should try singing. Singing helps regulate breathing, promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels and anxiety. Singing is also a great aerobic exercise that increases oxygenation in the blood stream.Sing everyday and everywhere; sing in the car, sing in the shower and before going to sleep. It has been proven that singing has countless positive benefits, so sing to your heart’s content even if you think that you’re not a “good” singer.
Exercise With Music
If you exercise every day, try taking your favorite music along with you. Your morning run or walk can become much more enjoyable and easier if you have music as your personal companion. Choose music that you love and music that brings a sense of personal well-being. Any kind of exercise is the best way to relieve stress, so adding music can only enhance the positive effects.
Work with Music
Many of the work environments nowadays are known for being stressful and tiring. The right music can help you work through your routine tasks in a better mood. Listening to your favorite music on coffee breaks can help you recharge your batteries. If you’re working in a noisy environment which is known to decrease productivity, music may be the escape you’re looking for. Listening to music can improve your mood significantly and help you complete your tasks more quickly.
Dance To Music
Dancing to music is another great way to reduce stress and improve mood. With dancing, you receive all the health benefits of an aerobic workout while having fun. You can dance at your home or you can join a dance class. Dancing will release your stress, help you lose weight, improve your overall health, and will certainly make you feel happier and more confident.
Choose the Right Music
Music can relax you, but the wrong music can upset you and add to your stress. If you want to relax, choose slower music. Try some of our suggestions below, but pay close attention to how you feel before, during and after listening to the song. Create your own playlist of calm and peaceful tones. It’s best to choose songs with a slower tempo or songs that you know for sure they will be effective when it comes to alleviating your stress and improving your mood.
So, if you need some inspiration for your playlist, here is our list of 20 great songs to help you de-stress!