We all have basic needs that must be met in order to be well. These are also the basis for any positive energy that we can let into our lives.
For positive energy to have a chance to enter your life and your home at all, you should have slept well, be rested and full. Of course, the choice of your food also has a decisive influence on your mood. Because the right vitamins, minerals, and high-quality proteins and carbohydrates release happiness hormones such as serotonin.
While we often notice this immediately after consuming coffee and chocolate, vegetables or fruit have a particularly lasting effect on our emotional regulation.
In the same way, music can play an important role in caring for our own, not only as entertainment but also as a therapeutic tool in positive energy and stress management. Today, we are going to talk about the type of music (or genre) that can lead us to a positive energy and relaxation response.
Moving to the rhythm of fast dance music encourages us to increase physical activity by causing the body to produce substances such as endorphins, commonly called hormones of happiness. Aerobic exercise allows us to feel more energetic and alert. But for the vast majority, fast-paced music does not relax us.
Music allows us to relax through a physical process by which vibrations of different origin are adjusted to achieve the same rhythm. Our heart rate can, through music, achieve normal values (60 to 80 beats per minute) and a relaxation response that lowers blood pressure.
We have the ability to use sound vibration to achieve:
- Slower pulse or heart rate
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved concentration
- Decreased muscle tension
- Better management of stress, depression, and anxiety
- Better pain management
What rhythms to avoid and which to choose?
Not all rhythms are advisable to relax due to the tempo, that is, the speed with which a piece of music is played. Since the tempo determines the duration of each musical note, ideal for relaxation is the music to have a tempo of 60-80 beats per minute (60-80 BPM), the same as normal heart rate. Keep this in mind when you want to relax and avoid these genres of music:
- Rap: 90-110 BPM
- Hip Hop: 80-100 BPM
- Reggaeton: 100-120 BPM
- Pop / Rock / Dance: 120-140 BPM
- Metallic Rock / Punk 140-190 BPM
Classical music in general, slow instrumental, instrumental harp, and genres such as slow waltz, ballad, bolero, and corridor among others, maybe of your preference to relax you and give you positive vibes. Choose the music that you feel calms you down, it doesn’t matter that you don’t know the exact tempo of the piece, and prepare to use music as a stress management tool:
- Select instrumental music (without lyrics) with a slow tempo and low tones.
- Create an environment to hear your music
- Try to avoid interruptions
- Wear headphones if necessary
- Try to listen to your music for a minimum of 15 minutes without interruptions.
- Try to listen for 20 to 45 minutes.