*Stress Doesn’t Go with My Outfit* Listening...

*Stress Doesn’t Go with My Outfit* Listening to Music

The following is a guest post by Cindy, from Foreign Fresh Fierce:

It’s a new year and it’s still January, so you know what that means… Going through “Post Vacation/Holiday Stress”! Shopping, crowds, parties, food, spending money, holiday disappointments and traveling leaves January one of the most stressful months of the year beating the month of December! Though spending time with family and attending parties can be fun, but at the same time, it can cause many to be stressed.

This even happens after returning from vacation, which always happens to me. You may be thinking: how could going on vacation cause stress? If you are like me when you go on vacation, you experience anxiety returning back to work or school and getting caught back in the groove of things. For me, sometimes I feel like going on vacation defeats the purpose because it takes forever just to get caught back up

Nonetheless, my go to source to reduce stress has always been music! Music has always been my drug and it is also a great stress reliever. Sure chocolate and a bottle of wine can do the trick, but if you ate chocolate and a bottle of wine every day for most of the month, then I am sure you will adding a new stress in the mix – dieting! Being a former dancer and choreographer, I love listening to music often because it helps me get out of my element just for a little bit. I tend to listen to music while I am at work as well. Research shows there are many benefits of listening to music.

  • Increases happiness and reduces depression
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces depression
  • Enhances running and exercise performance
  • Reduces anxiety


You may have heard that listening to classical music or instrumental music are some of the best types of music to listen to relax. I am not denying that this research is not true. But who truly wants to only be limited classical or instrumental music? The key element that helps with relaxation is the tempo and pace. At the same time, the style of the music can affect the mood and can still give a positive effect whether it is has a faster tempo or not. For example, one of my favorite artist to relax too is Jamiroquai whose style is Funk/Jazz/R&B. Though his songs are not always  slow tempo, they still have a direct positive effect on my mood. Pretty much, there are many different styles of music besides classical music that could help you reduce stress too.


Sometimes I leave my desk at work and walk around the building a few times while having one of my favorite songs on replay. Everyone’s musical tastes are different, but I always loved sharing songs that I like. My preferences are usually not songs you hear on main stream radio. A lot of my favorite songs and artists are in fact not played on US radio at all. I love Romanian artists, Italian, British and other world music artists. Below are my top 10 songs I love to listen to when I just want to relax and destress:

“No Diggity” – Chet Faker

“Wicked Games” – Parra for Cuva ft Anna Naklab

“Where There’s Gold” – Seal

“Writer’s Block” – Just Jack

“Dancehall Lover’s Rock” – Da’ville

“Beautiful Love” – Sophie Millman

“Little L” – Jamiroquai

  • “Don’t Worry” – Madcon

  • “Sofia” – Alvaro Soler

  • “Gold” – Chet Faker


The best way I love listening to music is wearing my headphones. I feel that wearing headphones helps me to zone out a bit more and it helps me relax better than turning on a radio next to me. Some hospitals actually have patients listen to music through headphones before and after surgery to reduce stress and anxiety. I have had MRIs done, and they always give patients headphones to listen to music to help calm their nerves too. My favorite new SymphoniQ Bluetooth headphones are from Sound Whiz.

Stay fresh, De-Stressed & FIERCELY you. Stress does not look good in any outfit!

ABOUT: Cindy N’Kele-Scaramuzza is the blogger behind Foreign Fresh Fierce. Catch up with her on her social Instagram, Facebook , Twitter & Pinterest

  • Toyas Tales

    Great tips on how to decrease stress. Thanks for the introduction to this fabulous blogger.


  • Ariana Fotinakis

    I totally agree about post-vacation stress! I find that I’m always working so hard to try and get on top of my work before I go, and then to catch up once I come back, that I’m completely exhausted by the time I actually get on vacation!

  • Reducing the stress is too priority for me, ESPECIALLY after the holidays. Thank you for the reminder. I ADORE Jamiroquai.

  • Angie

    Okay, for starters, i love that playlist! Thanks for the list! And second of all, I TOTALLY feel you when it comes to vacation anxiety. I have this problem where I count how many days left I have on a vacation and the dread of going back to reality kills me. It’s a really bad habit! haha

    Thanks for sharing!


  • I have a specific ‘Good Mood’ playlist that I listen to whenever I’m feeling bit stressed. It’s mostly cheesy 90’s pop, a lot of Britney Spears 😀 Always put me in a better mood.

  • Just reading this has made me more relaxed! Nice playlist.

  • Music is such a great way to relax, unwind and free yourself from your stresses. Jamiroquai are a good one, though I find I just want to cut loose when I listen to them…a bit like Napoleon Dynamite!!! 🙂 love the leather look leggings too Cindy, great guest post.
    Jaz xoxo

  • Hang Around The World

    Most of the songs you have on your playlist aren’t in ours but we are music lover so we’ll give them a listen.
    What’s your favorite one?

  • oloxir

    Love the first song on your list, its so chill. Stress is definitely not a good look nor is it healthy and music is the perfect anecdote. Love the makeup too 🙂

  • Tina Michelle

    I love chet faker so much!!! I also understand the anxious feeling you get when returning from a vacay. I love to listen to good tunes to destress as well. Good vibes only, lovely post!

  • Yes, music is definitely a stress reliever for me as well! What a great guest post 🙂

  • Caroline Ross

    i love your music! Some new songs in there for me, i’m excited to hear them!

  • Anca Tantos

    I totally agree, music is so good for the soul! Love your list! Great guest post! Love Cindy xo

  • Music rocks my world girl! I couldn’t agree more with all the points you’ve made. Music makes me super productive too 🙂 xo, sharon

  • Such a cute post! Of course, I’m a music lover since I play guitar lol! But I really love listening to piano and cello music to relax.


  • I agree that music relaxes me, it’s food for my soul and whenever I am unhappy, music and books are my go-to.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • What a great article! I couldn’t agree more about vacations. I’ve definitely had times where I wondered whether going away was truly worth it. Also, scientists also just discovered that music helps reduce stress in dogs too! I thought that was kinda neat.

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