Music has been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety. One study found that listening to music before surgery reduced anxiety in patients, both in self-reporting and measurement of vitals. (Here is the link if you’re into that sort of thing. Also I have it drilled into me to always back up my claims with sources – thank you school.) One of the tools I use to prevent my anxiety from ramping up is counting and doing math problems in my head. It is supposed to turn of the emotional parts of your brain by employing the logical parts of your brain. I think music has the same affect, but you have to be present with the music for it to work.
Music makes me feel happy. Not having my own music when I broke my phone was TORTURE. I’m so lucky that music has been part of my life since I was born. My family is overflowing with musicians. I grew up waking up to my dad singing “Good Morning” from Singing in the Rain and falling asleep to late bluegrass nights. I love to joke that my siblings got all the actual music skills but I did get a great taste in music, so hey, that’s pretty cool!
Music is a constant. It’s always available as an escape, even if it’s just for 4 minutes. Sometimes you just need to blast it so loud that you can’t hear your thoughts. I listen to music when I work, in the car, in the shower, when I run, when I cook, and sometimes even when I meditate. When you have something other than your thoughts to focus on, it brings you in to the present moment. When you really focus on the beats and lyrics, it can be a very meditative experience.
There isn’t really a theme to it, just what I’ve been ~feelin~ lately. It’s not meant to be super calming or relaxing, just to make you feel happy.
So put this on (or whatever music you’re into), go for a run/walk/drive, dance in your kitchen when no one’s home, do some yoga, porch (verb: to sit on a porch), etc. and focus on the music. Let it bring you back to now and forget everything you’re worried about. When your thoughts start to wander, let them, then shift your focus back to the lyrics. Let your energy flow with the music.