You are inherently pretentious; your blood pressure levels prove it. That is, if you consider listening to classical music as being pretentious.
A study headed by the University of California, examined which genre of music lowers blood pressure after subjecting participants to stressful conditions. Classical music was found to quickly reduce the listeners’ blood pressure. I’ll be sure to remember that when filing my income taxes.
Music can soothe your soul, as well as your body. It’s effective in setting a calm ambiance in your home after a long, hard day of school or work. Soft classical music inspires clarity of mind, which is perfect for alleviating stress.
Best classical pieces for stress relief
- Satie: Trois Gymnopédies
- Johann Strauss II: The Blue Danube
- Debussy: Clair De Lune
- Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
- Chopin: Raindrops
- Liszt: Liebesträume
- Johann Strauss II: Rosen aus dem Süden
I have these pieces and others in a playlist on my Spotify. I usually play it while I’m driving home because it’s the perfect way to unwind and make the commute more pleasant. I highly doubt that you can have road rage while you’re listening to Debussy’s Claire De Lune.
While classical music is a wonderful way to infuse peace into your life, there are other calming sounds that you can listen to, if you want variation in your playlists.
- Rain/soft thunderstorms
- Gentle waves on rocks
- Tropical rainforest sounds
- Soft breeze
These sounds create white noise that will enhance your mood and will help you ease into a peaceful slumber at night. You can play these sounds on a sound machine to prevent battery depletion on your mobile device. Walmart sells a HoMedics SoundSpa Portable Sound Machine, which has great reviews. I did purchase this exact model years ago, and it was my favourite device (sadly, I lost it in a move).
What’s your favourite music or sound to help you relax?