Regardless of where stress comes from, it builds up and can negatively affect all aspects of your life.
There are a lot of ways people deal with stress. Talking things out with a confidant, working out and meditation are just a few remedies for anxiety. But did you know that listening to and playing music is also an effective solution to those gut-wrenching feelings?
The reality is, you don’t need to take part in an academic study using supervised musical therapy to mitigate stress through listening to or playing music.
As long as you have something on hand to make music – an instrument or stereo – you can reap the rewards it contributes to your general well-being.
With that in mind, here are five suggestions on how to incorporate more music in your life and relieve anxiety:
When you play music, it takes concentration and mindfulness. Being present in any situation helps block out all the negative energy that comes from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Whether it’s taking a guitar and learning basic chords or tackling a song you love, the one-on-one bond between you and your instrument is important.
2. Physical Benefits
If you’re listening to music, perhaps choose something soothing with a slower tempo and inhale and exhale along with it. If you’re playing music, focus on the notes and having fun. Don’t concentrate on the random flubs. Who knows, you might even unlock new creative spaces, which is always exciting?