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Using Music as ‘Medicine’ May Help You Destress

Man lying down listening to headphones.

Feeling weighed down by the stress of everything going on right now? Well, if you need a stress reset, there may be an easy five-minute stress therapy option to help alleviate some of your anxieties.

In a piece for the New York Times, Jenny Taitz, an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at UCLA, outlines a few five-minute reset triggers to help those struggling with pandemic-induced anxiety reset. One won’t surprise music lovers. Taitz explains that “music medicine” is a way to cope.

Taitz cited research from Dr. Veena Graff of the University of Pennsylvania, which found that when assigned soothing music—they used the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union in the study—versus taking a benzodiazepine, patients were likely to experience the same level of effective anxiety reduction. To incorporate this into your own routine, Taitz recommends creating your own playlist catered to your musical tastes. While you might be prone to add sad music to mirror your mood, don’t. Happier and calmer music equates to a happier and calmer mood.

If, however, music medicine doesn’t sound like your vibe, you can check out the rest of Taitz’s coronavirus stress resets over at the New York Times

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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