How to Get Rid of Stress by Way of Music

By Mae Davies / October 23, 2014
How to Get Rid of Stress by Way of Music

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just tune yourself out when you’re stressed? Whenever someone or something is making you feel distressed or agitated, to feel better, all you would have to do is change the station, like you’d do with a car radio. Such a scenario may happen only in our dreams, but there’s actually a way of getting rid of stress that can have a similar effect on you. To be specific, you can learn to do just that with music. Since time immemorial, good music has had a soothing effect on people. For instance, when you’re stuck in an awful traffic jam, in order to keep yourself from losing it, you switch to a station playing a song you like, don’t you? When you’re stressed, you can make yourself feel better in the same way. In fact, music is used in therapy. During music therapy, patients experience lowered heart rates and blood pressure, relaxed muscles, and decreased anxiety. If you use music to get rid of stress, you will feel the same way.

But we aren’t saying that all kinds of music will have a soothing effect on you. In order to get rid of stress, you need music that’s actually soothing. Soothing music can be described as compositions with slow or moderate tempos and pleasant lyrics. get rid of stress

Here are some examples of such pieces of music:

1. “Weightless” by the British Academy of Sound Therapy and the Marconi Union

According to the aforementioned institution, this song is the most relaxing song ever recorded. Indeed, the heart rate and blood pressure of 40 women in a study it conducted were monitored as these women tried to solve puzzles while listening to different songs, including this song. It was the most effective in making the women feel relaxed.

2. “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis

Many music enthusiasts swear that this song by the iconic Jazz trumpeter puts them to sleep every time.

3. “Watermark” by Enya

Enya is known for her distinctly soothing voice and musical style. The aforementioned song of hers is one of the most soothing she’s composed so far. Indeed, it was one of the songs used in the aforementioned musical experiment.

4. “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay

Coldplay is known for composing relaxing melodies made even more soothing by the hypnotic voice of its front man Chris Martin. Music critics say the aforementioned song is their most soothing piece yet.

5. “Some One Like You” by Adele

Adele is another female singer best known for having a calming voice and composing soothing pieces of music. The aforementioned song of hers is among her particularly relaxing compositions so far.

Stress is a state of mental tension caused by your problems. By definition, stress occurs within your mind. If you put yourself in a positive state of mind, you won’t feel stressed anymore. If there’s something that is sure to put you in a good mood, it’s music. Having explained how you can get rid of stress by way of music, we hope to help you feel better whenever you’re stressed by simply listening to some good tunes.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.