Anxiety Tip #4: Listen to music.
When I am feeling particularly anxious, my headphones are my best friend. They let me escape whatever triggered my anxiety, and allow me to calm down at my own pace. I usually listen to very calming music, turn down all the lights in my room, and sit on my bed for however long it takes me to calm down. I find this one of the most successful ways of soothing my anxiety and it is a technique I use regularly.
Spotify has some great playlists that help calm you down, some of my favorites being:
1) The “Anti-Anxiety” playlist by JoJo Younce.
2) The “Sleep Tight” playlist by Spotify – I use this playlist particularly when I can’t sleep due to my anxiety.
3) The “Calm Mood” playlist by Florian Jensen.
There are many playlists on Spotify that help induce a calm mood, so have a look around and find one that you feel suits you best. Also note that not everyone finds soothing music helpful to battle their anxiety. In the past I have also used heavy metal music to calm myself down, and I felt that it completely cleared my head, and therefore made me feel calmer. To some this might seem strange (the juxtaposition of heavy metal music and calmness), but as long as it works for you, there is nothing strange about it.
Another type of music I like to listen to when I am feel very anxious is Buddhist meditation and chants. I know that this is a particular taste, and it might not be up everyone’s street, but I urge you to try it. I always feel a overwhelming sense of peace about my emotions when I listen to meditation chants. If you have one of two hours to spare, I suggest this meditation sequence:
I have made it routine to listen to my favorite calming music for at least 30 minutes each day. I have substituted TV time with music listening time, and I suggest it to anyone struggling with anxiety. Music has the power to change our moods, so let it work it’s magic on you.
Have you found listening to music to sooth you anxiety?
Check back tomorrow for the next tip!