During stressful times (looking at you, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the 24-hour news cycle), soothing music can help ease your minds. Relax-worthy music channels on SiriusXM, featuring ambient music, slow-tempo instrumentals, and meditative melodies, can promote feelings of relaxation and tranquility. Instead of pulling your hair out, pull out your streaming device and listen to the Relax collection on the SXM app now. This exclusive collection – which includes popular app-only channels Calm, instrumental spa and Yoga – provides a serene musical backdrop to your everyday life.
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Stress creates cortisol, a hormone that tells your body when you’re in danger or need to be on high alert. But being under constant stress and therefore creating consistently high cortisol levels can lead to health issues like increased anxiety and depression. A 2021 study published in brain science showed that adults who listened to music at home and in the lab had reduced cortisol levels. Similarly, music has been shown to reduce chronic pain, possibly through “distraction, relaxation, [and] positive emotion”, according to Scientific reports. Consider incorporating soothing music during these times of your day to encourage similar feelings.
Have a good night
After a stressful or trying day, it can be difficult to relax enough to fall asleep at night. But researchers at Stanford University confirm that music with slow rhythms or nature soundscapes “encourages the slow brain waves associated with hypnotic or meditative states,” which can help you get that nap you need. much needed. Try to stay away from television, computer and phone screens and instead listen to soothing music before bed to promote rest.
Decompress by cooking and eating
The fulfillment that food gives us is not so different from the fulfillment that music gives us. A study in Natural neuroscienceshowed an increase in dopamine in the brain in music listeners similar to what we feel after satisfying a food craving. It makes sense to listen to relaxing music while cooking and eating, relieving stress and doubling that feeling of satisfaction.
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Finding zen at work
If you can listen to music throughout your workday, ambient tones and meditative melodies can help ward off work-related stress. But even catching a few minutes of soothing music might provide some relief. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined how frontline nurses relax during breaks. They found that “compared to chair rest, participants had higher perceived stress levels, cortisol, heart rate, mean blood pressure, and finger temperature when listening to music.”
De-stress on your journey
Before you even head to work, set the tone for the day with your choice of music. You can make those minutes spent in traffic or on the train really count by playing soothing music and distracting yourself from your stressors. Then, at the end of the day, a choice of soothing music will help you get away from the noise of public transport and relax after the day’s work so that you can return home and make the most of your free time.
Chains from the Relax collection
Distract your mind with the beats of instrumental and relaxing indie, hip-hop and R&B songs.
Find your chill of the 90s and 2000s.
Discover ambient, binaural beats and electronic sounds.
Transport yourself to the serene atmosphere of your favorite spa.
Enjoy music specially designed for meditation.
Imagine relaxing by the pool in a chic hotel with downtempo beats and melodic deep house beats from artists like Kygo, Moby, Robin Schulz, Chris Malinchak and Disclosure.
Let the ivories tickle you with instrumental music only for piano.
Step out into a vibe with smooth, melodic hip-hop instrumentals and lo-fi beats.
Selected by Krishna Das, named “Chant Master of American Yoga” by the New York Times, this music transports listeners to a deeper place where they can still the mind and open the heart. Features music from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and a wide range of legendary and current artists.
Relax with instrumental, soft and contemporary jazz.
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