Relaxing music to calm down when experiencing anxiety

For me one of the greatest tools I have to relieve anxiety is to listen to happy, calming, or relaxing music.  It is amazing how such a simple thing of even just listening to one song can have such a great affect in making you feel less anxious and feel better.  Some of my favorite songs to listen to when I need to calm down are:
  • VCR - The xx
  • Avril 14th - Aphex Twin
  • Reckoner - Radiohead
  • No Cars Go - Arcade Fire
  • Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
What is some of your favorite music to help you out when you're feeling anxious?
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  • I love ambient/ atmospheric music, it is very calming and helps me meditate. I own a very nice set of 2.1 speakers with a subwoofer and bass boost, and I always "blast" some Sunn O))) when I feel like chilling out. Also, Ulver and Earth are some great choices if you want something more... peaceful. Music is amazing. Oh, and I love Sigur Ros as well!
  • I love dark instrumental music, just like what Sopor Aternus makes.  I don't know why, but her music makes me happy. This wouldn't be weird... if it wasn't because her music is supposed to be really depressive.  Strange, isn't it? 
  • What I have found particularly relaxing to me are instrumentals hip-hop-jazz, even though I'm not a big hip hop fan. Actually right now I'm listening to it and I can feel my breathing and heart beats leveling right to where they are supposed to be, its amazing how this particular sounds affect me. A good example would be this mix "Hip-Hop Instrumentals Vol.2 - Mixtape 06 - Aroto" put that on youtube its a mix with some of my favorite tracks.

  • I find jazz and hymns relaxing when I am anxious; usually I feel this way when I sense something big is about to happen in my life. In order to prevent my stomach from churning, which is common with my anxiety, I rely on these music for comfort.
  • That's an awesome playlist. I love Arcade fire and Sigur Ros. Sigur Ros is what I imagine heaven to sound like.
  • I listen to different music depending on what mood I am in. When I am upset or anxious about something, I will listen to some music by Lana Del Ray, Enya, and other soothing music. I have not been listening to any music for a while now but I think it is something that I need to do more while my stress levels have been a little bit on the high end lately. I have not heard of some of the ones that you listed and may have to check them out since I love to find new music to listen to.
  • Yes. One of the things that help me. Music has always been a part of me and in the end it is not so strange that it helps me a lot. Usually I listen to some ballads and even songs that are depressive. It is usually Djordje Balasevic from Serbian artists and Leonard Cohen from non-Serbian ones. Recently I discovered a great deal of rain and thunder recordings on you tube so that helps a lot too.
  • Whenever I'm very stressed out and nervous, I prefer to listen to music without lyrics. Whether it be classical or music scores is up for debate. I find that the whimsical feel of the instruments puts me at ease. If I do listen to songs with lyrics they are usually older, from the 1930's or so, where the voices were calming and lovely.
  • I recently heard this song in a game I play. It's originally a Japanese song and I like the original better but the translated one isn't too bad either and the lyrics seems fitting for here.

  • Music is a great tool to relax your mind. However, you must choose music wisely, head banging music will irritate you, you must choose soft music to calm your nerves. If you can, you can also do music meditation to relax your mind.
  • I listen to some classical songs whenever I experience any type of anxiety. Just like you, music really helps to boost my mood, calm my heartbeat, reduces stress, etc. In fact, there are many scientifically proved benefits of music (especially classic music) and that is why classical music is my favorite genre. My favorite artists include Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt.
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