Alternative Therapies

5 Ways to Treat Anxiety with Music Therapy

Eileen Bailey Apr 9th, 2012 (updated Mar 1st, 2014)
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Listening to music each day can help relieve anxiety and improve overall health. During stressful moments, we can feel our bodies relax when listening to a song we love. Music therapy uses a trained and licensed professional to create individualized programs, which can include listening to music, playing or singing music or writing music, to improve physical, psychological, cognitive and social functioning. After an initial evaluation, a music therapist works to create a program that addresses individual needs.

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Listen to Music You Find Enjoyable
Listen to Music You Find Enjoyable

Depending on your mood, the music you listen to may change. You may sometimes want soothing music to help you relax and at other times want more upbeat music to help you improve your outlook on life.

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Use Technology
Use Technology

Use your iPod or tablet computer so you can listen to music throughout the day, no matter where you are.  You may be waiting for an appointment, stuck in traffic or on your lunch hour at work. Being able to put on headphones, block out the stress around you and listen to music can help relax you.

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Find local live music performances
Find local live music performances

Check your local paper or look online for live music performances based on the music you most enjoy.

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Write a song
Write a song

Expressing your emotion through music or through lyrics may be easier than having to speak how you are feeling. Remember, your lyrics or music are for you. You don't need to worry about whether it is "good enough."

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Analyze favorite lyrics
Analyze favorite lyrics

Read through the lyrics of your favorite song and analyze why you like the song and why the words are meaningful to you.