Relaxation music is a type of music that, in a relatively simple way, helps to control emotions and quiet the mind, making it easier for a person to get rid of negative thoughts, achieve a state of contentment and even feel harmony and oneness with the world. Such music is created by peaceful sounds of nature, vocal and intrumental pieces. And the melodic line, in this type of music, is delicate, as are the sounds of the intruments, and the tempo is quite slow.
Many studies confirm that listening to relaxation music can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, leading to a reduction in symptoms of stress and anxiety, and in addition, can help alleviate symptoms of depression, such as lack of energy and motivation, something that everyone has dealt with at least once in their lives.
Relaxation music is also popular among meditation and yoga practitioners, as it can increase focus and make you feel more present "in the here and now." Not only does it dampen negative emotions and muscle tension, but it can be used to enhance positive states such as calmness, joy and contentment. Not surprisingly, it has begun to be used in various therapies to improve physical and mental health.
Relaxation music and the alpha state
The alpha state is a state of mind in which brain waves occur in the frequency range of 7.5-13 Hz, and in this state we can more easily focus on our thoughts and what we have to do. Each of us can try to achieve it, just by closing our eyes or looking at the color green. Studies show that relaxation music can also help achieve an alpha state, and these are no myths, so it would be a good idea to use it as a background for daily activities such as work, study and sleep.
Here are some examples of relaxation music tracks that can help us achieve an alpha state and thus affect our mood:
"Weightless" - Marconi Union
"Prelude in E Minor" - Frederic Chopin
"Gymnopédie No.1" - Erik Satie
"Adagio for Strings" - Samuel Barber
"Clair de Lune" - Claude Debussy
"Meditation" - Jules Massenet
"Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major" - Frédéric Chopin
"Spiegel im Spiegel" - Arvo Pärt
"Pavane for a Dead Princess". - Maurice Ravel
"The Four Seasons: Winter" - Antonio Vivaldi
Track No. 8 has the symbolic title "Mirror within a Mirror" and we can hear calm and pleasing sounds played by the cello and piano. With this piece we can enter a state of deep meditation, a kind of trance, including a state of euphoria. Nevertheless, all the pieces mentioned can be considered beautiful and that they "work". However, it is worth remembering that when it comes to music, everyone can have their own preferences, the important thing is to find the one that works best and helps to achieve a state of tranquility and harmony. We do not live in easy times, we have many challenges and difficulties, we are torn by difficult emotions. So it is worth doing everything to take care of your mental well-being. Help both yourself and your environment. Enjoy life, no matter what the circumstances, and relaxation music will be of great help to us in this.