At times, it can seem as if the world gets more stressful every day, with fewer and fewer tools available to us that can truly allow us to decompress. However, music has been one of the sure fire ways that people can transport themselves away from all the stress of everyday life into a calm and peaceful state for generations. In this regard, however, all music was not created equal. We’ve gathered some of our favorite suggestions for music to put on at the end of a hard day in order to relax and decompress, and restore some calm to your life in the process.
Marconi Union – Weightless
If you’ve ever done any research into relaxing music before, there is a good chance that you’ve had this title recommended to you – and for good reason. Unlike many songs and albums which are relaxing simply due to the nature of the music, this track was crafted with the specific goal of relaxation in mind. This Forbes article details the process that Marconi Union went through, which included working with sound therapists in order to create music that was designed to help you wind down, remove stress, and truly decompress at the end of a long day.
Songs of Leonard Cohen
Although we lost this song writing legend in 2016, his legacy certainly lives on through his music. Cohen’s catalogue ranges from the apocalyptic to the gentle, but many of his tracks are among the most relaxing music available. Cohen’s deep, dreamy voice, coupled with his ethereal lyrics are the perfect remedy for a hard day’s work. Songs of Leonard Cohen is an excellent pick from his catalogue for someone hoping to relax.
We’ve given you a song recommendation, an album, and now we’ll recommend an entire band. This Icelandic group is renowned for the dreamlike quality of much of their work, and you’d be hard pressed to find an entry in their catalogue that wouldn’t make the perfect fit for your decompression playlist.
Traditional Folk Music
Traditional folk music played with traditional instruments is thought to be some of the best music for relaxation. Simple instrumentation without the intrusion of the human voice can sometimes be the ideal recipe for relaxation. According the University of Nevada, Reno, Celtic, Native American and Indian instrumental music can be especially effective at reducing stress.
Modern Instrumental Music
Following in the instrumental vein, modern instrumental music of many different varieties can also make the perfect soundtrack for the end of a long day. However, there is something about the simplicity and beauty of fingerstyle guitar that is hard to match when looking for music to unwind to. There are a wealth of world-class fingerstyle guitar players who could accompany your end-of-day relaxation session, but Antoine Dufor and Callum Graham are both well worth checking out.
Relaxing Meditative/Ambient Tracks
Another option for relaxing music is to simply look for tracks designed for this highly specific purpose. A quick search on YouTube or Spotify for “relaxing”, “meditation music” or “ambient music” is going to yield a multitude of results that were written explicitly to encourage relaxation. For many people, these tracks are ideal because they are often very long and repetitive, something that can sometimes be useful when trying to decompress. Constant changes in tempo and melody that accompany listening to an album consisting of many short tracks may not be as relaxing for some as some of these longer options.
Other Ways to Relax
Of course, music is just one component of a complete relaxation strategy. There are many other ways that you can help yourself release from the stresses of daily life. Meditation, for example, has been shown to be a very useful tool in decreasing stress and increasing feelings of well-being.
Massage is another excellent option to consider if you’re trying to find ways to remove stress from your life and become more relaxed. Stress can manifest itself in the form of physical aches and tension, but massage can help to relieve that pressure on your body, freeing you in turn from the stresses associated with it.
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