Panic Attack Episodes Maybe Eliminated By Listening To Chants
Posted Feb 23 2009 9:45pm
Music is one of those greatpleasures in this world that can be almost anything it is required to be. If someone is upset, music can either be their morose companion or that which lifts them up and puts them on their feet again. If someone is tired, a good peppy song can revive their energy and keep their spirit going. If someone is captive, music can be their freedom, and if a person is stressed or anxious, music can calm them down down or whisk them to a world where their problems are not so significant.
Just as a soldier marches to the beat of the drum or a crowd sways to the rhythm of the song, the panic attack sufferer may be affected by music to the point that their movements and mood is altered. While the type of music that affects a person will change according to the personal tastes of the individual, there are some easy rules that can help the anxiety sufferer get the benefit from their musical selections.
It is pretty obvious to most that the tempo of the music can affect the heart rate of the listener. It has been observed that the crowds attending concerts in which the music that is played has a relaxed or more soothing tone, as well as beat, is generally more sedate and laid back. Conversely, music that is ‘angry’ or discordant and has a rapid beat tends to excite or sometimes anger the audience listening.
Because of these observations, the anxiety sufferer can utilize music to affect their emotions. By selecting music that is more melodic and slower, the listener will likely experience an adjustment in their heart rate to match the music. As a result, heart beat should begin feeling more relaxed as they listen to relaxing music. Similar results will most likely be achieved by listening to ‘relaxation’ sounds such as ocean waves or wind sounds.
There is a place for up tempo music as well for the panic attack sufferer. If too much energy has accumulated and the anxiety sufferer begins to become edgy or nervous, up-tempo music can provide inspiration to dance off that excess energy. If the panic sufferer is also starting to obsess on something upsetting, up-tempo music can distract the mind and shift it to something else. It isn’t always the best course of action to respond to feelings of anxiety with soft music if those feelings have advanced too far toward a panic attack. Stimulating music may not be relaxing, but it can be useful at certain times.
Because we are all so different and there is so much music available, see what type works for you. Experiment with music and see how it changes your mood. Use a notebook to make notes on what kinds of music affects the mood of the moment. Just as food and feelings can be tracked using a journal, it is important to make notes on how what is listened to affects the mood of the moment. Changing the music listened to may open up a new world of possibilities never considered before. Try various types and styles of music. You might just discover a new type that you didn’t know you would like.