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!