Soothing music and nature sounds, even in brief interludes, offer many psychological benefits. Obviously, these sounds need to be of your own choosing, reflecting your preferences. You already know, through experience, what kinds of music and natural sounds create positive states of mind for you. Immersion in these auditory inputs provides, among others, the following benefits:
- A generalized relaxation response in the brain and body
- Increased awareness of the present moment (mindfulness)
- Diminished negative self-talk and worrying
- Renewed hope and energy
Sound bathing can be done anytime one has a few minutes to spare, but often proves most effective before starting one’s busy day, during breaks on the job, and in the evening after work. Some find it helpful in transitioning to sleep, as well. Many of us have devices that can play music and nature sounds.
There are also numerous Apps that provide soothing nature sounds. Here are a few to explore:
- Relief (Soundscape)
- Nature Melody
- BrainWave (binaural sound)
In addition, to provide relaxation and mindfulness, music can also energize. You know what kinds of music give you an energy lift, so create a “pick me up” playlist that you can turn on when you’re feeling tired and sluggish.
Sound has a rapid and positive influence on mood and cognition. Consider using it as part of your self-care regimen.