Music And Stress


During the first week of my self change project I monitored my stress
levels and the way music effected the mental and physical aspects of stress.
From monitoring this properly, I found that listening to music pleasing to me at
the specifically different times I experienced stress did help reduce my
internal feelings and physical changes. In carefully studying the various types
of stress experienced I concluded that certain types of music more effectively
reduced my stress and anxiety levels. The following paragraphs explain further
the types of stress felt and the music that assisted in subsiding the symptoms
of stress.
Stress can be felt in several different forms, included ...

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difficulties, tight
neck and shoulders, racing heart, trembling hands, and restlessness.
Behavioral symptoms I felt were: a definite excess in smoking, bossiness
towards others, compulsive gum chewing, I became critical of others, grinding of
my teeth so hard that I am forced to wear a mouthpiece at night, and an
inability to finish what I start. Some of the emotional symptoms included:
crying, anxiety,nervousness, boredom, edginess, overwhelming sense of pressure,
overwhelming anger, being unhappy for no reason, and very testy. Cognitive
symptoms that I felt were: trouble thinking clearly, forgetfulness, writers
block, long-term memory loss, inability to make decisions, and constant
excessive worry. Spiritual aspects of stress that I felt: doubt, unforgiving,
apathy, and a strong feeling for the need to prove myself. Examples of
relational symptoms included: isolation, intolerance, resentment, clamming up,
nagging/whining, distrust,and less contact with friends.
The ...

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actually is a form of expression
that can build up as easily as anger and can help you feel a great sense of
release when you do cry. For the anger/edginess aspect I found that listening
to fast-paced music such as Nine Inch Nails and Hole helped me to get the anger
or other emotion out. I did get confused when studying cognitive, spiritual,
and relational Œstress styles', however, I found that relaxing music such as
classical, incorporated with stress reducing techniques such as meditation
greatly lowered my levels of stress.
Throughout the duration of my self-change project I found that social
support was virtually nilche. This was an independent study of my feelings ...

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Added: 4/18/2004 07:12:40 AM
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