Stress Management
Using Your Ears To Relax

For stress management, there's an easy way to relax while coping with anxiety disorder. With no effort on your part. This 'go-to' has everything your brain loves. You'll never want to be without it...ever.

Uneasiness

Stress happens. But, with anxiety disorder, to handle it is no cakewalk.
 
Anxiety treatment, with this 'special boost', can show you how to easily change reactions to anxiousness.

Another way is to bring on your relaxation response. This one is so powerful, it can neutralize anxiety disorders over-stimulated 'fight flight or freeze' response.

You can do it...by listening to music.

Not any kind though...

Why? Your body operates on rhythm. Breathing patterns, heart rate, body movement, brain waves flow in their activity. Fast, slow, steady, uneven. Music affects this flow.

So,...

Shoot for the slow, rhythmic type. The tempo is the same as a heartbeat at rest. And, guides your own into easing off. Breathing slows. Hot, cold sensations subside. And, you calm down.

The idea is to...

  • Free yourself from anxiety and stress.
  • Pull the plug on having to think.
  • Trigger your body's relaxation response. 

Code Your Brain Loves

Music's rhythm and structure have an impact on your brain. Sound translates into patterns of neuron firings. Like a code. Your brain loves this. And, something else. As depression self help, it could vault you into savoring a new treasure chest...your favorite tunes.

As a stress management tool, how does calming music work?

  • It has an effect before thoughts and feelings take shape.
  • Thinking becomes sharp, organized. And, clears of junk.
  • You're wrapped in a sense of well-being. 

...With no effort on your part.

Stress Management Music

Songs may be your thing. But, instrumental music raises the bar for relaxation. There's no focus on words.

For example,...

  • Native American
  • Chinese
  • Japanese 

...soft music have a calming effect. So does smooth jazz.

  • Nature sounds, with background instrumentals, soothe. Ocean waves, birds chirping, or water trickling gently, is grounding. Instruments like the flute, piano, or harp, melt worry.
  • Ambient, synthesized music calms frayed nerves.

There's more...

Classical music fascinates the brain. Both left and right hemispheres get involved. Acoustics are complex yet organized. The left side analyzes timing, the highs and lows of sound quality. The right, grasps the overall 'meaning' and soaks in the harmony.

Pachelbel, Mozart and Debussy music come to mind.

Baroque-style classics also fit the bill. Listening to this particular type can decrease blood pressure. Help you feel safe, stable.

Try these gentle baroque segments. Once you get to the page, scroll down to "Music Samples". Click on each one. The pace feels like a slow heartbeat. You'll love the effect.

The Unusual

Two other styles you may not have thought of...

  • South Indian carnatic instrumental music - called vadyam. Anxiety, stress or depression can be targeted with different melodies, called ragas.

    The sound is unique and gentle. Effects, unmistakable, when listened to on a regular basis. And, over a period of weeks. You'll feel better and calmer.

Generally, to manage stress, listening to relaxing music without words, is preferred. There is an exception though...

  • Gregorian chant. No instruments are played. And, usually, performed by a choir.

    The vibration the chant emits is key to its success as a stress-buster. Gradually, breathing slows as you listen. Heart rate stabilizes. And, serenity quickly seeps in. Gregorian chants are that moving.

Music Designed For You

Stress management music can be designed, by a professional, to suit your needs. Such as, reduce your anxiety. For depression help, in relieving lower back pain with postpartum depression symptoms.

But,...

Care is needed if you choose this road.

You don't want music to...

  • Trigger painful memories.
  • Aggravate obsessions.
  • Set off anxiety attacks. 

Any hint of what triggers symptoms of a phobia must also be addressed, and excluded.

Tips

For best effect while listening to stress management music...

stress managment music

  • Pick areas where you can settle in and listen, uninterrupted, for at least 20 minutes. 
  • Make it your only activity, instead of as background music. 
  • Use headphones. Keep the volume low to moderate.
  • Close your eyes to fully absorb the effect.


For stress management, music is a shoo-in to power up your relaxation response. Not an easy thing to do with anxiety disorder. But, listen to soothing music on a regular basis. And, you'll have a 'go-to' any time you need a break from tension.


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