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Can Music Reduce Anxiety?

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Stressed out? You could visit, or could turning on some Mozart help? There’s actually a lot of research showing that listening to music can, in fact, reduce anxiety. So crank up those top hits that you can discover at places like and have a good time! Recording music may also help reduce anxiety if it is a long-standing issue. If you are into recording music then you will be fascinated by this blog post by Graham Slee HiFi system components. Most of the studies have been done on patients either before or after major surgery. So, if it can help in the face of a major event like that, hopefully a little music can help with whatever you’re dealing with as well! Or perhaps you want a go at creating some music to reduce stress, anxiety and increase creativeness, you could start with royalty free beats from sites like and do anything you’d like with them and hopefully see the benefits.

The Studies:

One review analyzed 42 studies looking at the effect of music on anxiety. 50% of the studies found that music significantly reduced anxiety, with 27% showing significantly lower heart rate, 27% showing significantly lower blood pressure and 38% showing a significantly lower respiratory rate. 59% of the studies also found that music significantly reduced pain. What type of music works best?

Music has also been found to improve mood, creativity and motivation. Listening to classical music for 45 minutes before going to be has also been shown to improve sleep.


So turn on some tunes. It could help you with anxiety, mood, creativity, motivation and sleep. If you’re looking for music that fits the criteria above, here‘s a classical mix to get you started.


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Nilsson, Ulrica. “The anxiety-and pain-reducing effects of music interventions: a systematic review.” AORN journal 87.4 (2008): 780-807.

Waterhouse, J., P. Hudson, and B. Edwards. “Effects of music tempo upon submaximal cycling performance.” Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports 20.4 (2010): 662-669.

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