music for anxiety

Turn Up Music to Turn Down Anxiety

Anxiety can blindside you. If you are prone to anxiety attacks or suffer from an anxiety disorder, you probably tried almost everything to keep your symptoms down. Many people find turning to music effective in helping their anxiety. Actually, research shows that listening to music can decrease anxiety symptoms significantly.

Why Music Helps

Anxiety starts in the brain. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) finds that many areas of the brain are affected by information that causes anxiety. Almost all parts of the brains are affected by it, but there are some that are more affected than others are.

Some of these areas include the:

  • Amygdala
  • Hippocampus
  • Brain stem
  • Lateral septum
  • Reptilian area
  • Limbic system
  • Neocortex

When someone receives information that causes anxiety, the neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain pay attention and fuel the anxiety. This is why people who are overwhelmed will often live in a constant state of anxiety.

Music is a different type of information. This information doesn’t cause anxiety. It actually takes anxiety away. The music travels across the brain and helps to calm down the excited neurotransmitters and hormones.

In addition to knocking the neurotransmitters and hormones down, music also releases dopamine. Dopamine helps people feel good. It lowers the stress hormone cortisol, which helps people feel that sense of peace they often feel when they are in a relaxed state. Music can have powerful effects with blood pressure and heart rate too, which decreases anxiety even more.

The great thing about music is that it doesn’t just attack one type of anxiety. It can reduce many types of anxiety.

How to Choose the Right Anxiety-Reducing Music

It’s important to choose music you enjoy. You don’t want to make matters worse by listening to music that doesn’t make you happy. You may need to try different types of music until you find the one that works best for you.

This will take time, so give it time. You may need to listen to some songs more than once before you realize it’s helping you. This is especially true if you’re in a high state of anxiety. The good news is that once you do find what works for you, you’ll be able to turn to it whenever you feel your anxiety ramping up. This can be an incredible feeling!

Seeking Help from a Personal Consultant

A personal consultant can help you with your anxiety. As you are going about your day, a personal consultant can be there for you to catch you as soon as you start falling into extreme nervousness.

To get started with a personal consultant, it’s important to book a personal consulting session. This initial call will be one in which you’ll learn how a personal consultant can help you, and you can start to learn what you can do to improve your life. Your personal consultant is a confidant and someone who will be there for you with a patient ear. You talk about anything you like knowing that it’s stays confidential. One of the best things about it is that you never have to go anywhere – you can have your sessions in the comfort of your home.

Contact Kendall Van Blarcom for a personal consultant appointment today.

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