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Wind Down With a Playlist

Nathalie Rivard

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They say that “music soothes the savage breast.” Depending on what you’re listening to, it can have a calming or stimulating effect on your body. But did you know that music can also impact your health? Music therapists, for example, not only use music to treat anxiety disorders, but also to improve the quality of life of people suffering from illnesses like cancer. Music can have an impact on blood pressure, heart rate, depression, pain and even insomnia.

If you’re in the market for relaxing, stress-relieving music, opt for genres that slow down your heart rate, like classical music. We advise against rock or high-energy music, as they tend to produce the opposite effect. In the end, it’s all about choosing music you like; so if Mozart and Chopin aren’t quite up your alley, go for styles that will send relaxation your way. Your brain will respond most agreeably to the soothing sounds. That said, it’s up to you to figure out which tunes will put you on cloud nine!

How to create a personal playlist

A good way to relax is to create your own personal playlist, which you call on after a long day or any time you feel the need to unwind. Start by going through your library and checking off the songs that trigger relaxation mode in you. Try to find a good ten songs, create a playlist, and transfer them on over to your MP3 player. If you’re running low on inspiration, you can always pay a visit to the iTunes store, or any other such music haven, for playlist ideas from other users.

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