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10 Ways To Stop Stress Now #5

Friday, December 25, 2015

5. Tune In

Heading into a stressful situation? Music can help you calm down. In one study, people
had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol when they listened to a recording of Latin
Choral Music before doing something stressful (like doing math out loud or giving a
speech) than when they listened to a recording of rippling water. (Wondering what that
choral piece was music fans? Try Miserere by Gregorio Allegri.)

I have always loved music. I love to sing and I love to listen to others sing. One of my
biggest regrets is NOT learning how to play the piano. My SIL plays beautifully and was
a Professor of Music at a State College in Wisconsin. She lives in Oregon now and is
often called on to play for their church and for weddings and special events which
call for piano music. The last time we were in Oregon, I had her make a recording for
me so that I could listen to her whenever I want to. It is so relaxing and I can almost
feel my blood pressure go down.

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