100 Ways to Relieve Stress – Day 46 – Listen to a symphony

Who has time for classical music?

It is well known that music helps us to relax, puts us in a better mood and gathers control of our thoughts and emotions. The old saying, “Music soothes the savage breast” is one of truth.

I have a family member, who shall remain unnamed, who is a person filled with fear and worry. She often tells me when she feels the worst, she lays upon her bed and listens to a particular cd. Debussy, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, even though they have long passed from this earth, still fill the air surrounding her bed and help her to relax. She plays it often.

How often do you visit the dentist or doctor and find they are quietly playing a classical piece in the background? They know people get stressed when they visit them so they do all they can to help them relax. If I’m in a doctor’s office, and I hear rock music playing, I know the staff doesn’t have a clue. Gourmet food stores play classical music so you will take your time shopping and buy more.

“It’s the gate-control theory of pain where the same neurological pathways that conduct pain also bring music to the brain. Our bodies have a hard time doing both at the same time,” says Kathleen Murphy, a board-certified music therapist. And scientists have shown that making and listening to music can, among other things, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase the amount of air you take into your lungs, release endorphins and hormones, block pain, increase immune response and regulate breathing.”

Now hear this?

“Singing, in particular, has been shown to directly affect our physiological responses. It can be used to spark the cough reflex in the bedridden, who have a hard time clearing the mucus from their lungs. Singing might even help to ward off some mild illnesses. In one study, led by Robert Beck at Lawrence University, the antibody immunoglobin A, which fights illness, increased by between 150 and 240 percent in saliva after choral singing, while the “stress” hormone cortisol decreased by about a third.”

I think it’s wonderful how our Creator designed our human body to respond to soothing music. So, go play some Vivaldi watch your stress level drop. Bach in a minute!

Quotes taken from: http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/ask_pediatrican/Listening_and_learning_can_create_a_symphony_of_benefits_.html

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