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Music Therapy – A Powerful Antidote for Anxiety

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Music Therapy – A Powerful Antidote for Anxiety

Most of us experience anxiety in some form or another throughout our lives. Music therapy has long been used as therapy for anxiety sufferers.  Just like stress, sadness and anger, the key is learning how to cope with your anxiety and make it a healthy part of your life.

Recently, new research has suggested that music therapy has a strong effect on reducing a patient’s anxiety and should not be overlooked as a treatment option.
It was also determined that music led to a small reduction in heart rate and breathing and contributed to lowering blood pressure. Music therapy has been studied for use in managing numerous medical conditions with positive outcomes.

Music has been scientifically proven to affect mood. A certain song can make us feel happy, sad, relaxed or energetic. Many of us are already using this technique in our daily lives. Music helps us to get through our morning commute to work, we blast our tunes during a workout at the gym and often a stereo is on, motivating us, as we tackle common household chores.

Different types of music have different neurological effects. For example, classical music was found to cause comfort and relaxation while rock more often lead to discomfort. Individuals may have different responses and it is suggested that music from one’s own culture can be the most effective for boosting mood. It’s believed that music has a therapeutic effect because it elevates the pain threshold.

Whether you are creating music or just listening to it; when used as an outlet or form of expression this is what therapists refer to as Music Therapy. Therapists suggest taking a minute to close your eyes, assess your feelings and practice deep breathing. Select music to achieve your desired mood and have a playlist on hand. Decide if you need some time to relax and rest or if dancing and movement might be more beneficial.

Whichever technique you decide on, don’t get hung up on little details. Music therapy doesn’t need to be formal or complicated. The idea is to let the sound stimulate your mind and promote a therapeutic effect. If you experience anxiety and are looking for ways to get your anxiety under control, I strongly suggest experimenting with music therapy. It can be a powerful antidote for combatting the physical and psychological symptoms that interfere with you being able to live your best life possible.

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  1. 1
    Judy Thomas

    Thank you for the info. I will get my daughter to try it as she suffers from anxiety.

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    Dotty J Boucher

    Its funny that you have this here, because I have been saying this for a very long time, Usually I get the look at , what do I think I am LOL, but I know , I love listening to up beat music or chanting, zen, I find it so relaxing..

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      Colleen

      Thanks for sharing Dotty.

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    Terry Poage

    I think music works wonders for you.

  4. 4
    janie vezina

    i think it depends on what type of music you listen to. i love sing music about Jesus, and any anxiety or other negative feelings are gone.

  5. 5
    Melissa Storms

    I find this to be true, and I find that if I am going through an especially emotional time there is music I avoid.

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      Colleen

      Melissa, Thanks for sharing that you avoid some music when emotional. I know I have to avoid some too when my mood is labile.

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    VICKI RAINS

    I really would like to know if this helps.

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    Sandra Watts

    Music is good for about anything. It is so relaxing to me.

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    Lynne B

    I totally agree with everything you wrote! I play music that suits my mood and I find that it always makes me feel better. Whether its cathartic or energizing or moody – I love it.

  9. 9
    Danielle A.

    Thank you for the post.

  10. 10
    Betsy Barnes

    Music is important to me, I do find it very relaxing, helps me to be calm when I am stressed.

  11. 11
    Barrie

    Music is a great way to relieve stress. I went to college with a woman who was getting a degree in Music therapy! Very cool.

  12. 12
    Lynne Chambers

    I am so thankful I read this article. I am going to share this info with my daughter who is struggling with anxiety right now!

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      Colleen

      I’m sorry your daughter is suffering…and thank you for sharing this post with her. I hope she can navigate through the anxiety.

  13. 13
    Rebecca Kerchner-Love

    I have severe anxiety to the point that I also suffer from slight agoraphobia. Music has always been helpful. Singing is an outlet for me.

  14. 14
    Susan Smith

    I have experienced this myself. Listening to Jazz music relaxes me.

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    Kat

    Music has always been a big part in helping my anxiety.

  16. 16
    Lynne B

    It’s been a tough year and I’ve been avoiding the Christmas music station that starts at Thanksgiving. But I started listening to my favorite Christmas music last night and it really lifted my mood.

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    Sherry Compton

    Music is important for many things, and I do believe it affects our moods. I know I listen to different kinds depending upon my day. This can really be useful in helping kids to calm down, too.

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    Angela Lombardi

    Thanks for sharing!

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