Professor Pete Alexander

Stress Relief Tool – Listen to Music

Listening to music can help reduce your stress.

One of the positive effects of music comes from its ability to remind us of previous memories and environments. Scientifically, it is tapping into our context-dependent memory. Let’s say college was the happiest time of your life. If you start listening to the music that you were listening to at that time, it can help you feel more connected to that happier time in your life, and reminiscing about it can help reduce your stress.1

If you currently feel like you’ve hit a wall and can’t move forward, sometimes you need to switch up your routine to get going again. One simple change you can make is to listen to different music. If you always listen to the same tunes during your commute or workout, you might be reinforcing your current negative mood or habits.2 Try finding new music to help stimulate or calm your mind. Classical music, in particular, has been shown to relax the body and reduce blood pressure.3

Note: “Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)” is a song composed by Mike Post with lyrics by Stephen Geyer, and sung by American singer Joey Scarbury.

  1. Barber, E. – The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science
  2. Angel, B. – Feeling Stuck? Change This One Simple Thing to Refocus Your Mindset
  3. Speca, M.; Carlson, L.; Goodey, E. and Angen, M. – A Randomized, Wait-List Controlled Clinical Trial: The Effect of a Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction Program on Mood and Symptoms of Stress in Cancer Outpatients

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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