Anxiety has a way of sending you into a tailspin of worry and dread. And when that happens, it can make you feel closed off and interfere with your relationships and goals.
Everyone experiences anxiety on some scale. It could be from situations that are totally out of your control or things you’re just nervous about, such as a work project or tough conversation.
But here’s the good news: This type of stress doesn’t have to take over your life. There are several ways to cope. One method? Listening to some mellow tunes. One study even found music may lower anxiety and cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in the body.
With this in mind, our Facebook community to share their favorite songs that help them stay calm. Take a look below:
1. Bye, Bye, Bye ― *NSYNC
“It never fails to make me want to dance, which research shows can reduce stress.” ―Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost Deputy Healthy Living Editor
2. Shadow Days ― John Mayer
“It is empowering. It reminds me of everything I’ve made it through. So, when I’m anxious, I listen to it to get myself back and remind myself that I’ll get through whatever it is.” –-Ashley Tucker via Facebook
3. Sunday Morning ― Maroon 5
“The whole ‘Songs About Jane’ album is a nostalgia trigger for me (which can produce happy feelings!) and this song in particular just puts me at ease thanks to the melody.” ―Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost Deputy Healthy Living Editor