Releasing Stress Through the Power Of Music

Who doesn’t like the sound of music??  Music soothes the soul, picks us up when we’re feeling down and can have a significant impact on our overall mood.

We all enjoy some form of music and while there have been many studies completed with mixed reviews on how music can impact anxiety and depression and improve our overall wellness, I’m going to share with you how music played an important role for me at a time when my mental health was not at it’s best, I found that relaxing music played a significant role in my overall well-being.

Today, I release stress through the power of music by making music part of my daily routine, I’ve incorporated it into my wellness plan and this helps me to motivate me to continue to work toward a complete sense of wellness.

SPA MUSIC; SOMETHING NEW FOR ME

My preference of music is spa music, the calming sounds of natures waterfalls, oceans and birds have had a profound impact on my emotions and helps to relax my body, researchers have found that listening to calming music can significantly lower anxiety and depression levels by positively influencing regions of the brain.

Researchers also have found that not only can calming music help to relax anxiety and depression it can also help people dealing with chronic pain, distracting discomfort by blocking pain pathways in the brain.

People suffering from heart disease benefit too, calming music reduces anxiety and stress which helps to reduce the heart rate and lowers blood pressure.

Pregnant women also benefit from reduced stress, anxiety and depression throughout their pregnancy when listing to calming music throughout the day.

 

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CALMING MUSIC CAN HELP LEAD US TO WELLNESS

In 2009, a year I will never forget, I learned first hand how stress impacts the mind and body which lead me on my journey to find wellness.   My marriage broke down and I struggled with stresses that are common for most going through this experience.

Managing the stresses of divorce shared parenting, high-stress job and finances almost brought me to my breaking point, I was feeling so unwell and my body and mind began to show warning signs that help was needed.  I knew I needed to make some changes and FAST.

I remember going to my therapist and she suggesting meditation and spa music to help calm my mind, I had never practiced these forms of relaxation methods in the past and the thought seemed a little foreign to me.

I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about trying these new methods of relieving stress, but at this point, I would’ve tried anything.  And boy, was I glad I did.

Calming my mind with the sounds of spa and meditation music was the beginning of the new me. Of course, this wasn’t the only thing I changed but when I think about how I managed to get through this period of un-wellness I faced I can confidently say that spa music played a significant role in my journey.

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I began to incorporate slow, calming relaxing music into my day, every day and still do.  My morning alarm is the sound of waterfalls and birds – this is important for me as it doesn’t startle me when it goes off and sets the tone for my day.

When I arrive at work (I’m lucky enough to have my own office space) the first thing I do is log into my computer and get my calming music up and going softly in the background, this has become my daily routine and helps me to stay relaxed both mentally and physically.

 

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INCLUDE MUSIC IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

I started to research how music could have played such a profound role in my mental and emotional health and here is what I come up with:

  1.  Music triggers the brain to release endorphins, increase dopamine and blocks pain pathways which help to enhance a sense of well-being
  2.   Studies have shown that sounds of nature improve concentration
  3. Starting your day off with calming music can help put you in a peaceful mood that will stay with you throughout the day
  4. Calming music helps to soothe anxiety
  5. Lowers our heart rate and blood pressure – the heart rate becomes more regular and we feel calmer.

Click here to find out how you can download spa and meditation music to help you incorporate music into your daily routine

LISTENING TO SPA MUSIC CAN HELP CALM YOUR MIND, BODY, AND SOUL

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Listening to the sounds of spa music and nature helps to reduce stress in a profound way, if you’ve never tried this and are feeling a little like I was when it was first introduced to me, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give it a try; you never know, it could be the beginning to a calmer, more relaxed you.

 

 

21 thoughts on “Releasing Stress Through the Power Of Music”

  1. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
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  2. Hi ALI

    Thanks for the feedback, I’m glad you found the article helpful.
    Music is so powerful and inspirational and can have such an impact on our overall health and well being.

    Cheers

  3. I just had to say I love your site. It is beautiful and calming. I can appreciate this particular article as I am a musician and I know how much music plays part in wellness. I especially like that you point out how music benefits the mind. It is very important and to see that people now are interested in all sorts of things like bubble wrap and paper crunching as a calmer and soothing method. Great article. I am interested in reading more.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. I so totally agree with your thoughts in this post on how music releases stress and is a powerful agent for calm, productivity, and well-being. Over the years, music has been a thread that has been woven into every part of my life and in every location.

    The particular genre of music that you are recommending is a regular part of my daily routine to get the right mindset for the day. It helps me calm my moods prior to getting into the rat-race of work, and when I can, I add other types of music to the workday. I like classical music with a focus on strings for those moments.

    It is nice to read that music has also played such a key role for you as well, and I am glad that you were able to use it’s affects to change your life in a very positive manner. I love reading about people that have discovered the power of music, I wish that all people would do this, the world would be a better place.

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the feedback, I’m glad to hear that you make it apart of your everyday routine too.  It really does set the tone for the day.

      All the best to you

      Tracy

  5. I am sorry that you have to go through that. It is good that you find a solution for yourself. Stress is something that I am dealing with everyday. There are good days and bad days (I suffer from depression and it is hard to know when it hits me.) Enough said about me, I also love some Spa music as well. It always calms me down and I can stay focused. I also love the classic piano as well, the sounds of a piano just brings me joy (I used to play a piano when I was little.) I will start my day with a Spa music from now on.

    Cheers!

    • Hi Nuttanee

      Thanks for your comment, I too am sorry to hear that you are going through struggles with depression, sounds like you too can appreciate and attest to the power of music.  I love having soft piano music and spa music playing in the background throughout my day, I often switch it up from one to to the other – my two all time favorites.

      I wish you strength and courage on your journey

      All the best to you

  6. I remember playing this calming music of nature to my kids everytime I set them for the afternoon nap. We don’t do this anymore because they’re both in school. Anyway,  at first I thought it was only good to set the mood for relaxation and sleep. I never thought that it can actually relieve you from stress, gives away endorphins and relieves anxiety. 

    I am going to make this a routine in the house to balance out the noise we get from the streets, work and school. Thank you for sharing this to us. It’s really important that we take away factors that contribute to our stress. There’s so much problems that we absorb from day to day and this is a great way to neutralize it and enjoy a positive energy. I believe that nature calming music invigorates our soul and mind which is great for our total wellness. Please post more articles like this that can naturally help improve a person’s lifestyle, health and wellness.

    • Hi MissusB

      Thank you for your comment, music has a way of calming our soul 🙂   Stay tuned for more natural calming ways to reduce stress and anxiety.

      Cheers

  7. Hi Tracy, 

    Thank you so much for this article. It could not have come at a better time in my life. Life has a funny way of throwing so many obstacles our way, and at the same time offers so much pleasure. Music is very powerful, so much so that even the Almighty God Derived pleasure from hearing the melodic tones his fragile human creation offered up. Music covers all ends of the spectrum from debased to upbuilding and uplifting. I will definitely try to incorporate more of the healing and therapeutic aspects of music in my life from reading your blog. The effect it has had on your life exudes through your printed words and I am thankful to have found it. Continue the good work and happy calming relaxation to you.

    MJ

    • Hi MJ

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and feedback.  I’m glad you were able to connect with the article.  

      All the best to you 

  8. So funny that I came across this site today! Someone had just recommended a podcast which is basically all nature sounds, and I remember thinking – “This is just like the Youtube channel I listen to to help me sleep”. I think of podcasts more as something to listen to in my car or when I’m doing chores or walking the dog. You certainly don’t want to get that relaxed while your driving. LOL

    Anyway… here’s my situation. I live in a house with three very loud roommates. My room is in the basement and the kitchen is directly above me. So, when they all come home from work at about the same time, I usually want to take a nap or meditate. Nothing is more stressing than three boisterous guys all converging on the kitchen at tonce!

    Of course, there’s no way to tune them out without a little help, so I put on a pair of headphones, and search Youtube for “white noise” or “nature sounds” or whatever sound I want – and it will find an audio/video that almost completely blocks out the commotion upstairs.

    Sometimes I use ocean waves, sometimes the sound of running streams or birds, like you suggest. There are also guided meditations for starting out the day. Soft music is always nice to drift off to, But I found my favorite is the sounds of an air conditioner or the inside of a jet airliner. And it’s funny how the mind can fill in the missing music to the point where you seem to hear background music that isn’t really there. Somehow, our imagination has a way of soothing itself with the addition of a little bit of white noise.

  9. So funny that I came across this site today! Someone had just recommended a podcast which is basically all nature sounds, and I remember thinking – “This is just like the Youtube channel I listen to to help me sleep”. I think of podcasts more as something to listen to in my car or when I’m doing chores or walking the dog. You certainly don’t want to get that relaxed while your driving. LOL

    Anyway… here’s my situation. I live in a house with three very loud roommates. My room is in the basement and the kitchen is directly above me. So, when they all come home from work at about the same time, I usually want to take a nap or meditate. Nothing is more stressing than three boisterous guys all converging on the kitchen at tonce!

    Of course, there’s no way to tune them out without a little help, so I put on a pair of headphones, and search Youtube for “white noise” or “nature sounds” or whatever sound I want – and it will find an audio/video that almost completely blocks out the commotion upstairs.

    Sometimes I use ocean waves, sometimes the sound of running streams or birds, like you suggest. There are also guided meditations for starting out the day. Soft music is always nice to drift off to, But I found my favorite is the sounds of an air conditioner or the inside of a jet airliner. And it’s funny how the mind can fill in the missing music to the point where you seem to hear background music that isn’t really there. Somehow, our imagination has a way of soothing itself with the addition of a little bit of white noise.

    • Hi Hal

      Thanks for the comment, funny how you mention white noise, my son can’t sleep without the sound of a fan going at all times throughout the night, it just soothes his anxieties and allows him to relax and get a goodnight rest, needless to say when he has sleep overs at a friends place he doesn’t pack lightly lol.
      I have started to do more guided meditations myself and am enjoying them.

      Cheers

  10. Tracy,

    I have always found music to be a catalyst for my mood. There are events in my life that I recall based on the music I was listening to at the time.
    I am an herbalist, and I believe treating the whole human is the most efficient way to ensure improvement and balance. My daughter is getting her Masters in Psychology, and I shared your page with her.
    I usually listen to whatever suits my mood or the mood I want to be in, but I have not tried spa music yet. Do you have any suggestions about where I might find it?

    Thank you for this wonderful information.
    Gwendolyn J

    • Hi Gwendolyn

      Thanks for your comment.  I have attached a link in my post that will lead you to an 11 min medication download that would include nature and spa sounds, check it out, it certainly does help to calm and relax me during the day. There are many apps for your mobile devices that will also allow you to enjoy spa music all throughout the day.  

      All the best 

      Tracy

  11. Tracy,

    I have always found music to be a catalyst for my mood. There are events in my life that I recall based on the music I was listening to at the time.
    I am an herbalist, and I believe treating the whole human is the most efficient way to ensure improvement and balance. My daughter is getting her Masters in Psychology, and I shared your page with her.
    I usually listen to whatever suits my mood or the mood I want to be in, but I have not tried spa music yet. Do you have any suggestions about where I might find it?

    Thank you for this wonderful information.
    Gwendolyn J

  12. You’re preaching to the choir here. I absolutely agree with you. Music is not the written down notes or the recording device. They are just storage media. Music is vibrating air. It has essence, but not substance. That’s pretty amazing when you think about. In spiritual or religious practice, what is ethereal, without physical substance must be taken on faith, there is experience perhaps but no proof. Music, however,  is also ethereal. It has no physical substance. It is no thing. And yet it is absolutely, unequivocally real. No faith required. To me that makes it unique in the world, one of the faces of God.

    I have several morning wake up sounds and I will switch off. They are Chopin, a Gilbert and Sullivan salute to the sun, a Canter singing a traditional morning prayer in Hebrew and some others. For sleeping I, too, use spa music, western and Japanese. Also, Native American flute music and Gregorian chants. For meditation I use a chant reciting the 108 names of Saraswati, Hindu Goddess of Wisdom and Music over some beautiful Indian music. 

    Music touches the body, the mind, and the soul. 

  13. I can definitely relate to the profound effect that calming spa music can have on the body. There are so many forms of therapy and even medicines that may seem foreign to us here in western societies that have actually been used for centuries quite successfully. This is why I tell people to not reject alternative medicine and therapy.

    The word “Alternative” does not mean fake or mumbo-jumbo. It means any and all types of medicine and therapies not taught in western pharmacological medical schools. Back when I started using music to relieve stress I took it a step further. I too had an office and also incorporated an essential oil diffuser that was part of a running water electric candle.

    Between the spa music, the electric candle water fountain, and the diffuser filling my office with the scent of lavender, I was being calmed via three of my senses. Smell = Lavender Oil. Sight = Electric Candle Water Fountain. Hearing = Calming Music. People used to love coming into my office to chill out. I still use music to this day.

    • Hi Robert

      Thanks for the comment, I just recently had to give up my essential oil diffuser in my office due to a staff member’s sensitivity to the smells.  Still got my spa music though and couldn’t imagine my day without it.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Cheers

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