THE MUSICAL EQUIVALENT OF MEDITATION
Songs with these characteristics ease anxiety.
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Brain waves mirror the waveforms of the music that’s playing. Fast, upbeat genres like techno and pop speed them up, which can exacerbate anxiety if you’re already in that state. Meanwhile, people tend to fill silence with their spiraling thoughts. But yoga music calms you down in a similar way that meditation does, Register explains.
Register suggests those that have a cadence of 60 beats per minute, the lower end of a healthy resting heart rate. It may take a few songs to calm your nervous system at first, but over time, your body will recognize the prompt and relax within the first few notes of the first song, she says.