The effects of music on the soul have been well-established. Music has a unique link to our feelings, so it can be a very effective stress-reliever.
Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, but are you the type of person that listens to slow, quiet classical music to calm down, or loud, hyper music to get you on your feet and dance the stress away?
Slow music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. As music can also absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction too and can be a great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind wandering.
Musical preference varies widely between individuals, so only you can decide what you like and what is suitable for each mood. But even if you don’t usually listen to classical music it may be worth giving it a try when selecting the most calming music.
To incorporate music into a busy life, try playing CDs in the car, or put the radio on when in the bath or shower. Take portable music with you when walking the dog, or put the stereo on instead of the TV. Wherever or whenever you decide, it will definitely do you some good.