Both adults and children can experience stress in their everyday lives, whether from a long day at work or daycare. Sometimes, we all need a chance to unwind! The world we live in is increasingly fast-paced, and the stress it provokes can affect our bodies and our minds. Our hearts can race, we might feel stick to our stomach, and our “flight or fight” response can be activated.
When our brain detects a possible danger, our bodies begin to release adrenaline, a hormone that gives us the strength we need to take action. Unfortunately, it also produces cortisol, which makes us feel like we’re constantly on edge.
This defense mechanism helps us act quickly when we’re in danger, but it can have consequences for our bodies if it happens too often. Listening to music is one way to calm down and bounce back after a stressful situation.
According to Stéphanie Khalfa, from the Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Institute in Marseille (France), the cortisol present in your saliva drops more quickly if you’re exposed to relaxing music after something stressful happens, compared to someone who isn’t.
A good way to help your family switch gears at the end of the day is to listen to some music together! It can help you all let go of any stress you’ve built up over the day. You can pick a classical song, or something that your kid loves: the important thing is that you all relax.
Creating this routine can help everyone in your family discover how soothing it is to listen to music. It will allow your children to figure out what music they like best, which can help them develop their own musical tastes.
If you’re not sure what to listen to, we’ve got some suggestions. Start with the Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune by Claude Debussy played by harpist Valérie Milot. You can find it in the Music section of our website. We’re sure you’ll find it relaxing!
Khalfa, S., Dalla Bella, S., Roy, M., Peretz, I. & Lupien, S. (2003). Effects of Relaxing Music on Salivary Cortisol Level after Psychological Stress. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 999. 374-6. doi : 10.1196/annals.1284.045
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