Fortunately, people have very different tastes in music, so it would be impossible for me to suggest a piece of music that will suit you in your attempt at reducing your stress symptom.
I can however make several suggestions that you could experiment with to find the ultimate relaxing music to sooth your stress away.
For instance, I once purchased a series of CDs that had soothing tracks of the sounds of birds chirping near mountain streams while enchanting melodies played over them. They blended together perfectly well to create the ultimate stress soother.
Well it was for me, but my family hated them. There was no way that I could ever play my CDs when my family were around.
Let's get one thing straight though.
It is vitally important that you actually like the music being played.
One note here (excuse the pun) though. You really need to refrain from playing certain types of ballads or songs that remind you of a sad time in your life when you're trying to melt your your stress symptom away.
Hopefully, you'll see that the reason for this is obvious.
You're actually attempting to relax and sooth away away your anxious thoughts and stress. The last thing that you need is for a sad song to rekindle distant memories you really wanted to forget.
Here are some general guidelines to follow when using music to de-stress.
To wash away stress, how about a 20-minute "sound bath." Select some relaxing music and play it on your Hi-Fi. Lie in a comfortable position on a couch or on the floor near the speakers. For a much deeper experience, you could try wearing earphones to focus your attention and to avoid distraction.
Try selecting a piece of music with a slow rhythm - slower than the natural heart beat which is about 72 beats per minute. Music that has repeating or cyclical pattern is found to be effective in most people.
As you listen to the music, allow it to wash over you, rinsing off the stress from the day. Focus on your breathing, letting it deepen, slow and become regular. Concentrate on the silence between the notes in the music; this keeps you from analyzing the music and makes relaxation more complete.
If you need stimulation after a day of work, go for a faster music rather than slow calming music. Turn up the volume and DANCE! It doesn't matter if you can dance or not. Just move along with the music and do what feels good and comes naturally. You'll be amazed at the release from your stress symptom you can feel!
When the going gets tough, select a piece music you are familiar with - such as a favorite from your childhood a golden oldie. Familiarity often breeds calmness.
Why not take your favorite music playing on your mp3 player when you go walking? Try and inhale and exhale in tune with the music. By combining exercise (brisk walk), imagery and music is a great way to relieve your stress symptom.
How about listening to the sounds of nature, such as ocean waves or even the calm of a deep forest as a way to relieve your stress symptom? Try taking a 15 to 20 minute walk if you are by the seashore or in a quiet patch of woods. If not, you can buy tapes of these soothing sounds in many music stores. They really do have a very calming effect on my stress levels - you should try it too!
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