Manage the Holiday Stress with Music!

This time of year can get a little stressful. Did you know that music can help you manage stress, relax your mind and body, and help you better express your emotions? It can even help calm down crazy kids!

Give these music tricks a try:

1) Calm down the kids

The next time your kids are running wild around the house, try putting on some soft and soothing music and see what happens.

2) Shake off that slump

The next time you feel like you’re in a little bit of a funk, put on your favorite jam tune and have a quick dance party. You’ll shake off more than just a sour attitude!

3) Get into the groove

When you are slaving away in the kitchen trying to please everyone’s palate, put on some of your favorite upbeat songs to help you get in the groove.

4) Slow your roll

Late at night when you are trying to wind down but your mind is still buzzing, put on some calm, classical music to enter into a restful state.

5) Play together

Kenny Family
The Kenny Family singing together in the 2014 Montrose Christmas Parade

If you happen to play an instrument or sing, take some time out of your day to sit down and enjoy playing. Let all of those stressful thoughts slip away, and just let yourself be awash in music even for just a few moments. Make it a family jam and let the kids sing away their stress too!

Here is some further reading on the healing science behind music therapy

http://greatist.com/happiness/unexpected-health-benefits-music

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/11/music.aspx

These holiday tips are brought to you by Happy Mom Music.

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