How can music relieve stress?

RealAge
Administration
As you load your personal soundtrack onto your iPod, include a medley of relaxing music to take the edge off stress. Listening to mellow tunes with a slow, steady rhythm helps slow down your breathing and heart rate so you feel calmer. Whether you're a fan of Enya or Gregorian chant, you can find something that suits your style.
Music is a wonderful therapeutic tool to help you get through difficult times. Music has been shown to stimulate brainwaves (they change to resonate with the beat) which changes mood and even behavioral responses pending on the type of music you're listening to. For example, music with a fast upbeat tempo can improve concentration and alertness; while music with a slower tempo produces calmness and a meditative state. Plus, the benefits continue long after the music stops. When your brainwaves shift other neat things start happening in your body, for example, your muscles relax, you become more alert, and your breathing and heart rate alters.
 
There are a lot of benefits to listening to music. Here are just a few:
  • Reduces stress
  • Eases anxiety
  • Decreases depression
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Increase concentration
  • Boosts immune system
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Elevates mood
  • Alleviates pain
So, yes, listening to music is a wonderful way to relieve stress and much, much more!
Putting on music that speaks to your soul will instantly change your mood and change your stress. Music can soothe your jangled nerves and return you to a state of calm, peace or happiness.

Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening to certain kinds of music. Then select the music that suits you best for reducing your stress. You may want something calming or you might want something enlivening, depending upon your mood or the situation.

Listen to music that makes you smile, feel harmonious or centered. What kinds of sounds do you listen to all day long? Are you exposed to noise pollution? Do you hear the sounds of motors whirring, phones ringing, people arguing or other sounds that irritate your senses? When you are around the same sounds all the time, you tend to tune them out of awareness. Even though these sounds are outside of your awareness, their vibrations still affect you. Whether at work or at home, surrounding yourself with the right vibrations can make a huge difference in your stress.

Introduce some music into your environment and see what happens to your stress level.
Ben Kaminsky
Dermatology
Studies show that listening to soothing music lowers blood pressure and boosts immune cell count while reducing levels of stress hormones. Reduced stress will result in less facial tension and calmer skin. Avoid melodies that make you tense or that cause uneasiness. Spend 10 to 20 twenty minutes a day listening to music, and try this in combination with another mind/body technique, such as guided imagery (visualization), deep abdominal breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, or while you’re walking outdoors or on a treadmill.
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