Relax with Music by Playing an Instrument
I recently went to a coffee shop to take a break from my work. Sitting nearby me was a young man strumming on his guitar with his eyes closed. He looked very relaxed as if he was in another world. Just observing and listening to him put me in a relaxed state. It reminded me of how often I use music to relax by playing my harp or piano. We all have times when we want to forget about our daily challenges, and music is a quick way to do that. When your life seems hectic and stressful, you can pick up a musical instrument or sing to calm your mind and body. Making music releases endorphins in your brain which results in lower levels of stress. If you don’t already play an instrument, you can get an inexpensive drum, making up rhythmic patterns as you release tension. Beating on a drum either by yourself or in a drumming circle is a wonderful way to relax. Take some time to make music and forget your daily worries.
Singing Relieves Stress
Your voice is your natural instrument, and it’s another wonderful way to relax. Singing can change your mood very quickly, whether you’re a trained singer or just love to sing. You can sing or hum along with instrumental music. You can sing all by yourself as you walk around the house or outdoors. You can sing with a chorus or choir. The possibilities are endless, and they all help you relax.
Music Helps Stimulate the Immune System
Music and creativity both help us release the part of ourselves that gets enmeshed with our everyday work and the stress of life. We spend a lot of time trying to get something accomplished or being on a schedule, but music is an end destination, almost meditative. You can be immersed in the moment instead of thinking about what needs to be done today, next week or next year. Music leads to relaxation, which gives the immune system a boost, and this leads to better health.
Six Ways to Use Music for Relaxation
1. If you know how to play an instrument, pick it up and play some of your favorite songs or pieces.
2. Improvise, playing whatever comes to mind. Try matching the music to your mood with tempo and color. Now try changing the tempo of the music to the mood you want.
3. If you’ve always wanted to play an instrument, check out teachers and the cost of the instrument. It’s never too late to begin.
4. Join a chorus or choir to experience the combined beauty and energy of many voices.
5. Sing or hum along with some recorded music.
6. Immerse yourself in the music and forget about everything else for a while. Even if it’s only for a short time, you’ll end up more relaxed with renewed energy.