Music has been used to meditate for hundreds of years and recently scientific studies have studied and listed the types of sounds, instruments and music genres that most help us relax: jazz and classical music, nature sounds (for example, the sound of thunder, rain or water flowing), the use of stringed-instruments and the flute, and Celtic music. And, surprisingly, it has also been proven that singing can also help us release tension and improves our mood.
Listening to the sounds of nature affects positively the nervous system. The sound of crashing waves or the water flowing are useful for helping you fall asleep at night, focus at work or just induce relaxation in every other context.
The sound of the beach, when you lie down on the sand and close your eyes on a sunny summer day, can help you feel calm and happy. It will take you to a beautiful Caribbean beach with no people and zero worries.
The sound of the rooaster, also known as cock-a-doodle-doo, is the best sound you can hear to start the day in a good mood.
The sound of thunders and a heavy rain when it touches a metal roof is the best way of feeling relaxed as it makes you feel safe and think of those warm and happy winter says at home.
Relaxing and gentle sound of the ocean waves heard from the coast when they crash on the beach.
The sound of waves rattling tiny pebbles on the beach help people get distracted, forget about problems, get relaxed and gently fall asleep.
Listening to music can have a profound effect on our emotions and, therefore, on our body. It is a powerful tool that brings beneficial effects on our physiological functions, especially with classical music, slowing down our heart rate, decreasing the stress, lowering blood pressure or even acting as a distraction when something that worries you keeps your mind busy.
Perhaps, finding a proper moment to listen to music in today's society can be difficult or even seen like a waste of time, but it is not like that. You can try turning on the radio when commuting, taking a portable music device when going for a walk, playing a CD when cooking instead of watching the television, or even listening some music you like in your smartphone when having a shower or when studying for an important exam.
But each person has its own musical preferences, and there is a wide range of music genres to choose from, which means that every one of us has to find the type of music we like or suits for each moment and mood. For example, classical quiet music can calm down your muscles and mind, fast-rhythm music with can make people feel more alert, modern electronic music can make you feel more optimistic, and the sound of the nature can make you feel nostalgic and happy.