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Music Therapy: How Music Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Updated: Mar 18, 2023

Think of a song that never fails to pump you up and get you excited.

Now think of one that is your go-to when you’re feeling down.

How about a song you play when you just need a feel-good feeling.

Or one that reminds you of a happy period of your life.

If you’re like me, you can probably think of at least one song for each category. And if you’re a real music buff, you might have found it difficult to narrow your list down to just one song.

That’s the beauty of music - it transports us in ways that can’t be denied. Music can quite literally alter your mood. It can make you feel a wide range of emotions. It can also help you manage emotions you’re stuck in the middle of — like anxiety or stress.

This isn’t just an opinion, either. There have been scientific studies that have shown that music can have very real physical and mental health benefits.

It’s why parents since probably the beginning of time have hummed or sang to their babies to get them to calm down.

It’s also why more places in the healthcare industry (from therapy clinics to emergency rooms) are implementing different forms of music to help patients with things ranging from pain management and immune system function to soothing pediatric patients and reducing pre-surgery anxiety. Scientists have even discovered that music can reduce the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in a person’s body (APA, 2013) and can even reduce anxiety by up to 65% (, 2017)!

Outside of the fact that I just love good music (I mean, who doesn’t?), I’m also a big fan of using it alongside breathwork. I find it to be so calming and cathartic — and I think my students would agree!

If you’re a fellow music lover and want to experience what it’s like to integrate it into a breathwork practice, I invite you to enroll in my 7-Day program, Breathwork for Anxiety. It will provide you with all the tools you need to implement a breathwork practice that helps you manage your anxiety and reclaim a sense of calm in your life. When you join, you’ll get immediate access to a curated playlist filled with my favorite calming and grounding music.

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