This Monday, instead of reaching for a cigarette, you will learn healthy ways to relax at home, on the go, or anytime and anywhere. There are a plethora of stress relief techniques such as reading, yoga, or progressive muscle relaxation, but typical everyday activities such as listening to music can also help you stay calm and relaxed in tense situations.
Research has shown that listening to certain genres of music, especially classical music, can affect anxiety, blood pressure, and stress hormones. In a study conducted by Mindlab International, sensors were attached to people trying to solve a stress-inducing puzzle to find out how different songs affected their stress levels. Certain songs have been shown to reduce stress-related symptoms; One song in particular showed a 65 percent reduction in anxiety and a 35 percent reduction in “physiological rest rates.”
Many streaming music services like Spotify or Apple Music offer their own versions of calming or relaxing playlists. If these songs aren’t doing it for you, create your own stress reliever playlist of songs with soothing harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines. Listen before or after work or during a break to relax completely. This Monday, skip the smoking break and listen to a special playlist if you’re feeling stressed out.