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Relax Already: Chill Out With Some Tunes

When the world is buzzing around you and you feel the tension coming on, it is time to chill out. Stress can adversely affect your health. Aside from deep breathing and heading outside for a walk, new research shows that listening to music for a half hour a day may significantly lower blood pressure, a byproduct of stress. Not just any music will do; I'm afraid Taking Back Sunday's Louder Now is out, as is anything by Arctic Monkeys or System of a Down. The music should be "rhythmically homogeneous," like classical, Celtic, or raga (Indian classical) music, and accompanied by controlled breathing exercises.

Music just may become a drug-free approach to dealing with blood pressure. Next time you feel the stress coming on and your blood pressure rising, put on some tunes and chill out. What music do you listen to when you need to calm down? Tell me in the comment section below.


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Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
Anything to get me singing and dancing really helps me unwind!
joghog joghog 9 years
Jack Johnson... it's hard to stay stressed when you're listening to a song about banana pancakes! =0)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Music is amazing for my moods.
jessie jessie 9 years
celtic music will calm me. but if i'm just in a mood of any sort, music of any kind will calm/relax/energize me. all my kids were born to different songs. my radio comes on first thing in the morning and get shut off last thing at night. i could live without a phone, computer, and tv, but not without my radio.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I know it sounds cheesy, but when I want to relax, I listen to Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Diamond, Dido, James Taylor, Jim Croce, lots of other oldie-ballads...they always cheer me up.
misshouston misshouston 9 years
Baroque music. I've also heard that it stimulates brain waves.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
For relaxing I guess I would listen to stuff like Bat For Lashes, Goldfrapp (the Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree albums and some of the Black Cherry album, not Supernature), Brian Wilson's Smile album, Air, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Syd Barrett and maybe the soundtrack music for movies like Jules and Jim, but I can only hear that through Last FM.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Most times I wear my ipod at the grocery so I can zone out. I love listening to The Rat Pack when I need to unwind.
cali_student cali_student 9 years
I listen to any Gypsy Kings songs without lyrics, or any other acoustic guitar-centered music. Something about that style calms me down and makes me think of playing a guitar, which helps me relax too.
emalove emalove 9 years
Music and my iPod most DEFINITELY help me relax!
kia kia 9 years
When I really need to calm down I head toward Patsy Cline and sing along. I also love Marvin Gaye, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Pixies and Interpol for this purpose.
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