“You need music in your life.” I must have been pretty stressed out when my teenage son told me that a few years ago. Whatever was going on, it was apparently clear that I needed some relief. It had been a while since I had really listened to music. And, maybe I was missing something. I put on some tunes, and instantly began to feel better.
Some researchers say that listening to music can reduce stress levels by as much as 61%. And, a study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that listening to music an hour a week can lower depression by about 25%, What kind of music? It makes sense that slow-tempo, “easy-listening” songs tend to reduce heart and breathing rates.
And, it’s such an easy and practical way to help reduce stress and depression, because with smart phones, we can listen to music almost anytime and anywhere. So, when you find yourself feeling stressed, remember to take a break and find a beat that suits you best. Better yet, program music into your life regularly to help keep your mood mellow.
Lauren Hudson is a Reporter, Speaker, Author, and Cancer Survivor, and is known as “The International Happiness Princess.” For more, visit: www.EverythingHappiness.com