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

What’s more, a favorite song that measures about 60 beats per minute, synchronizes the brain to the beat’s tempo. And this synchronization eventually leads to the development of alpha brainwaves, which are frequencies measuring between 8 to 14 hertz per second. According to scientists and researchers, when high-stressed individuals listened to their favorite song that met these specific criteria, they became noticeably relaxed. Beyond that, they experienced a significant drop in their stress and anxiety levels.2

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.3 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.4

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.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

  1. Barber, E. – The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science
  2. University of Nevada, Reno – Releasing Stress Through The Power Of Music
  3. Angel, B. – Feeling Stuck? Change This One Simple Thing to Refocus Your Mindset
  4. 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 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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