Stress Relief Tips for April 2024

April is National Stress Awareness Month! ✨  Here are 30 Stress & Anxiety-Busting Tips in 30 Days.  (Visit this page daily during the month of April for a new tip each day!)


April 23, 2024 (Tip 💡 #23): Listening to relaxing music reduces inflammation! Inflammation is the body's way of fending off viruses, bacteria, and infections (and that's a good thing). But when "chronic", inflammation can cause a myriad of health problems. Help to reduce it by listening to deeply calming music!


April 22, 2024 (Tip 💡 #22): One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ― Bob Marley


April 21, 2024 (Tip 💡 #21): Relaxing music enhances studying by optimizing our cognitive processes!


April 20, 2024 (Tip 💡 #20): "I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." ― Billy Joel


April 19, 2024 (Tip 💡 #19): University of Reno, Nevada: Music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 - 14 hertz or cycles per second). ✨This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious. ✨


April 18, 2024 (Tip 💡 #18): Ease frustration! Listening to music, especially if it's a favorite tune, will positively influence your mood and calm you. This is backed by science. Enjoy an easy and relaxed listen. 👂😊


April 17, 2024 (Tip 💡 #17): “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan.


April 16, 2024 (Tip 💡 #16): "Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." ― Emory Austin


April 15, 2024 (Tip 💡 #15): Especially after surgery, listening to relaxing music improves patient recovery. "It also makes this critical time a bit more pleasant and less stressful." states an informative article in Exploring Your Mind.


April 14, 2024 (Tip 💡 #14): Relaxation Music improves our brain functioning.  The American Psychological Association (APA) states that music, especially relaxing music, can be medicine!  It is almost like a vitamin for our neurons, putting us in an optimal mental state for reasoning and tasks involving our spatial-temporal abilities.


April 13, 2024 (Tip 💡 #13): Sonic mantras within instrumental Relaxation Music help you to relieve stress and anxiety by creating familiarity via sounds that are reliable.  This brings forth a peaceful focus and feelings of safety in YOU, the listener!


April 12, 2024 (Tip 💡 #12): Studies find that relaxing, instrumental music played at a soft or moderate volume in the background in the office space sharpens concentration, and enhances work performance and productivity!  From an article published in "Open Sourced Workplace": Relaxing instrumental music played softly in the background at work removes distractions in the form of loud or sudden noises from the brain, and thus helping it focus on the task at hand.  The article also states that studies find that "Background music that everyone can hear provides something in common for all employees to enjoy and is thus a good way to foster friendship and bonding among them."


April 11, 2024 (Tip 💡 #11): Listening to Relaxation Music improves your immune system! Studies find that it reduces serum cortisol in the blood, thus helping improve the immune system, the body's metabolism and energy levels.


April 10, 2024 (Tip 💡 #10): Listening to music, especially of a soothing song you really like, increases HAPPINESS due to the brain releasing dopamine upon hearing the tune.  It's known as a natural high!


April 9, 2024 (Tip 💡 #9): Listening to relaxation music greatly reduces mental fatigue!  A PLOS One Scientific Study showed that even while performing an enduring cognitive-motor task, listening to relaxing music reduces both mental fatigue and deterioration in motor performance.


April 8, 2024 (Tip 💡 #8): Relaxation Music helps us eat more attentively!  It simply has to do with mindfulness, and listening to relaxing music while we eat can help us eat in a more conscious, balanced, and healthy way.


April 7, 2024 (Tip 💡 #7): Relaxation music can improve blood vessel function by relaxing arteries, and help heart rate and blood pressure levels to return to baseline more quickly after physical exertion.


April 6, 2024 (Tip 💡 #6): Traveling by airplane ✈️?  Listening to relaxing music before and during your flight can greatly calm your airplane travel experience. This type of music reduces feelings of anxiousness by surrounding you with serenity.


April 5, 2024 (Tip 💡 #5): Relaxation music can improve physical appearance!  Stress can cause fine lines and wrinkles.  But, listening to your favorite calming music produces biochemical stress reducers, helping to decrease inflammation in the body, bolster your immune system, and have a healing effect on your skin!


April 4, 2024 (Tip 💡 #4): Relaxation music can relax muscle tension and reduce pain. This promotes the loosening of your body, which, in turn, eases your mind.


April 3, 2024 (Tip 💡 #3): Listening to between 30 to 60 minutes of relaxing music before bed improves your overall sleep quality, helping you to fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and wake up less during the night.  Choose soft, slower-tempo music, around 60 beats per minute (bpm).


April 2, 2024 (Tip 💡 #2): Listening to instrumental (lyric-free) music is proven to relax you more than music with words.  Humans attach meaning (some deeply personal) to words.  Going lyric-free helps quiet the mind and focus the attention on peace-inducing melody, harmonies, and rhythm.


April 1, 2024 (Tip 💡 #1): Hum your stress away!  Yes, humming massages your vagus nerve near your vocal chords, activating your parasympathetic nervous system, soothing tension and anxiety, and giving you calm.