The best stress relief music is a very large and complex topic.
Can a majestic piece by Mozart be the answer to your troubled mind?
Or does it take a beatiful ballad by one of today’s top artists to calm you down?
Music has been a powerful tool used for centuries to heal the body and bring about a sense of well-being.
This is something which ma be sorely lacking in your life, and many others.
The nature of it is universal, and thus can be enjoyed by everyone!
Think of music as a way to uplift your thoughts into a type of dream world. A world created by our vast imagination, free of worry, virtually wrapping us up within its soothing arms of relaxation.
Aaaah, sounds nice, right? While my words may be a bit overly dramatic for some(lol), I think they serve to lyrically get the point across.
And the point is…there are a multitude of pleasant feelings which can experienced with the proper tunage:)
Let’s Get Personal
Trying to say there is only one particular type of music for relaxation is like stating there can only be ONE type of food to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
We can all agree on what a silly notion that is…(But seriously, pizza rocks!!! HaHa)
The best advice I can give is to listen to your inner voice.
You know what kind of music pumps you up. You know which songs make you sad. And likewise, you’re aware of the kinds of tunes that relax and ease your mind.
If you’re uncertain, try a few different selections out.
When you’re upset…put on some smooth jazz, or find a local classical station. Maybe even listen to some Native American Flute music and see how that makes you feel.
I’ve mentioned some of the more popular choices of stress relief music, but you can make your own decisions in that regard.
Don’t let preconceived ideas hold you back!
The Top Contenders
What I said above is absolutely true. Every individual is unique and so will be their tastes in music.
But, it has been proven that some musical genres are more condusive to stress relief and relaxation than others.
This would be the best place to begin your search for a personal favorite.
If you were to take a large public survey on which compositions have the greatest calming effect, I’m sure classical would top the list.
The structure and eloquence of a beautiful sonata just lends itself to peaceful feelings.
Years ago I worked with a guy who loved heavy metal music. When driving, however, he would always put a classical station on the radio.
Since driving can be one of the more hectic parts of life, he claimed he was able to stay more relaxed while cruising to Mozart or Chopin. LOL Pretty funny, hugh?
A close second would have to be Native American music, particularly pieces which feature the flute.
Light jazz is another good choice. Some people also like to listen to Celtic songs during their most difficult times.
Me personally, I like to mix it up. I will even listen to some Country winding down after a hard day at work!
All the genres I just mentioned are completely separate, yet there seems to be a common thread which binds them together in a weird way...don’t you think?
The results were positive, but quite inconclusive.
As it turns out, the alpha-amylase levels of subjects listening to classical music while stressed out returned to normal faster than those playing nature sounds.
Hmmm…not bad! It seems that when you are upset or overburdened, the quickest way to calm down is to throw on some Beethoven or Brahms.
The same study also showed that nature sounds produced the lowest cortisol levels!
So in other words, listening to sounds of nature may reduce stress more thoroughly than classical music, though not as fast.
Before your head completely explodes (figuratively speaking of course!), there is a simple solution…
Try both forms of relaxation when you need it most.
Or better yet, combine both of them to create an awesome atmospheric environment where you can forget about any and all troubling thoughts.
I think it’s plain to see how music links us to our innermost, deepest feelings.
Because of this fact, it can be one of the most effective tools in your arsenal against stress.
Often times playing songs that are compatible with your current mood can be a way to feel better. For instance, don’t you somehow feel less depressed while listening to sad melodies?
All in all, the only person who can answer what the best stress relief music is…IS YOU!!!
We are fortunate in this day in age to have access to so many different kinds of music, literally at our fingertips.
So keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to try something new!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic….what do you say???