Mindful Mondays: Music Mindfulness


F! Feeling Bad, let’s practice music mindfulness!

Agency over Anxiety! Music Mindfulness, and specifically listening to baroque music (classical music) reduces stress, regulates heart rate, releases dopamine (feel-good stuff), and helps regulate emotions.

There are legit changes in the body between the autonomic system (the nervous system running in the background that keeps your heart pumping and lungs breathing) and the vagus nerve that runs down your spine and vibrates in response to stress. It has been shown that certain types of music calm it down—like baroque music.


How

Remember to gently bring you focus back to the music if your mind starts to wander. Become an observer of your experience.

  1. Find a relaxed posture, sitting, standing, or lying down.
  2. Take some cleansing breaths, melt into your posture, shake out any stiff areas.
  3. Close your eyes if you’re comfortable doing so—if not find a space to stare at across the room that isn’t another person…don’t be creepy.
  4. Music Mindfulness: Start Listening…
    • Let the music wash over you
    • Notice in what parts of your body you might feel the notes
    • What do they feel like
    • Does it feel different in different parts of your body

 


Why

There are physical and emotional benefits to music mindfulness. Research has demonstrated that listening to music can affect your heart rate. Listening to classical and other relaxing music has a positive impact on your cardiovascular system by both reducing your heart rate and triggering the release of dopamine (the feel-good neurotransmitter). The release of dopamine improves feelings of happiness and changes your outlook. In turn, this reduces stress and anxiety, which has positive effects on your cardiovascular system, which is linked to risk of diabetes, stroke, respiratory issues, and drug abuse.

As with all mindfulness practices, music mindfulness helps you are furthering your ability to regulate your emotions and tackle your day with purpose. Every time you practice mindfulness, you are reinforcing the neural pathways for the behavior, focus, and self-awareness. You are building agency, which is the key to reducing anxiety and living a more empowered life.


Playlists for Music Mindfulness

7 PLAYLISTS FOR MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

Best Relaxing Classical Baroque Music For Studying & Learning

Deep Calming Music for the Body – VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION FREQUENCIES

Relaxing Baroque Music | Bach, Vivaldi, Händel…

Vagal Music Meditation – frequency to calm down healing relax de-stress


References and Further Reading

The Effect of Classical Music on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Mood – NIH

Effects of auditory stimulation with music of different intensities on heart period – Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine

New Research Details The Link Between Classical Music, Blood Pressure & Mood – Ludwig Van Toronto


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