Monday, May 4, 2015

Using Relaxing Music to Relieve Your Stress

Music of Life
Some music makes us feel like dancing, while other music draws us in with inspired awe.  So too, relaxation music sets the mood for stress reduction and has a calming effect on us that helps to facilitate any relaxing activity such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, or other slow motion exercises.

Most people find that relaxing music has a way of slowing them down and bringing a sense of peace to the mind, body, and spirit.  Perhaps you have a special calming song that has become your favorite, which you already know centers you and seems to somehow balance out every fiber of your Being with its grace and gentleness. 

If you are trying to find ways to lower your stress level and have been having a difficult time finding just what it is that helps, consider playing relaxation music to get you started as it can alter the mood for just about anything you set out to do.  Try playing it in the car during your rush-hour commute or if the work day has been particularly stressful, and on the way to work to better prepare you for the stressful work day to come.  If you are in a work environment that permits it, consider having some gentle relaxation music playing in the background as you work to feed the body and mind throughout the day.

Don’t worry about selecting the perfect music for your relaxation activities.  Think of it as an experiment and try out various artists and CD’s.  Many stores have sample panels where you can listen to various kinds of relaxing music before you buy them.  In time you will be able to determine if the flute is the calming instrument for you, or if a soft piano sound is what brings peace to your mind and body.

Thanks to Eddi van W for her great photo Music of Life