One the best and easiest to implement therapy for anxiety and stress relief is relaxation music. You can put this music on in the background at work or around the home and find that, with no other effort, you can achieve some degree of anxiety and stress relief. It sounds simplistic, yet the use of this type of music is gaining popularity because of its effectiveness and the easy of use.
The real question is, “Is all relaxation music the same,” and the answer of course is, “No!”
The Effectiveness of Music for Anxiety and Stress Relief
The old saying was that music soothes the savage beast, and that still holds true today. If you are angry, stressed or frustrated, music is a great way of unwinding and gaining real anxiety relief. Studies have shown that music can either relieve or heighten tension, and movie makers have used music to manipulate emotions such as joy and fear for years.
So there is no doubt that music can affect your emotions and thus bring you joy and tranquility as much as fear and loathing. Hence it makes sense that we can use music to provide anxiety and stress relief.
Relaxation Music for Anxiety and Stress Relief
However, not all types of music offers effective anxiety relief, and this is not linked to an individual’s tastes in music. Someone may enjoy heavy metal or thrash music, but that does not mean that playing this music in the background will help reduce stress. In fact, this style of music probably promotes it rather than reduces it, even if the individual likes the style!
Even rock music, country music or dance music are much less effective for anxiety relief, despite their popularity. Relaxation music is the really effective music which offers a true reduction in stress and anxiety levels, even if we might think it is too dull to listen to for enjoyment!
Anxiety and Stress Relief Prescribed by Experts
Not all relaxation music has the same effectiveness. Much of this music has been churned out with overstated claims, but in recent times science has stepped in to offer a helping hand. Clinical psychologists like Dr Frank Lawlis (who is well known from his appearances on the Dr Phil Show) are actually prescribing and manipulating relaxation music to maximise its impact for anxiety and stress relief. This means that the most modern and up to date music has not been produced exclusively by a musician alone, but by a collaboration between a clinician and a musician. By combining both of these skills relaxation music has moved from an art to a science, from entertainment to relaxation power!
So if you are considering using music for stress reduction, please consider music designed by experts in both the field of music and also the field of psychology. By combining the two we now have a subtle, effective and easy to use form of music which can provide real and tangible anxiety and stress relief.
Source by Darin Browne