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Using Music for Peace of Mind and Stress Reduction

By Raymond Ezilon.com articles Published 09/27/2008 | Health , Self Improvement , Alternative Medicine
There is no doubt that music can easily engender a wealth of emotions and responses.  As an example, if you listen to a particular kind of music when you are working, it may even change how you respond to co-workers.  Irregardless of whether the rhythm of the music or the words create behavioral changes, using music for relaxation is a powerful tool.    In particular, if you can begin entraining yourself to relax to certain kinds of music when you are calm, it will be easier to regain this state when stressful events happen.

Unfortunately, many people facing debt and other forms of financial crisis are increasingly relying on anti-anxiety medications.  While meditating with music may not work for everyone, it can at least mitigate the impact of each stressful event.  As the economy continues to spiral into a depression, there is no doubt that each person will need all the mental bolstering they can get.

Aside form acting as a damper during times of stress, relaxing music can also help you save mental wear and tear during calmer moments.  In some cases, you may even find that being relaxed will reduce the number of stressful altercations in your life.  This, in turn, will make it a little bit easier to deal with problems that are beyond your direct control.

Irregardless of the type of music you listen to, it is important to find one that will help you feel relaxed without being overly stimulated.  As an example, if you normally listen to music from the Big Band Era, it may be better to relax with classical jazz or harp music.  Alternatively, if you are a fan of rock and roll, it may be best to look for karaoke versions of less lively songs.

On the other hand, you may also want to choose music that is completely different from your normal preferences.  It may even be of some help to listen to recordings of natural sounds.  These may include the sounds of the oceans as well as rain forest animals.  Chances are, you can also find a number of natural sounds that are recorded in tandem with everything from guitars to pianos.

Even if you are not currently dealing with stressful circumstances, it is wise to prepare for the eventuality.  In particular, you can start meditating with relaxing music in order to instill a habit of calmness.  While this will not cure any problems that arise in your life, it may help you manage each issue with a minimum of disturbing emotions.  At the same time, you are also likely to benefit from having a little bit of time each day that is simply dedicated to yourself and your own wellness.