WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... destressing at busy times?
Taking time out to relax isn’t always practical, but did you know that “soundscaping” can help manage stress and anxiety when you can’t step away?
“Our sense of sound is often overlooked, but it is just as effective as others when trying to promote a positive mental state,” says Kate Ogden, audiologist at ReSound (resound.com). Try matching music to your mood. “Slower tempo music helps to quiet your mind and relax your body, whereas faster and more upbeat music encourages feelings of optimism and concentration,” Kate explains.
Meanwhile, nature sounds can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. Try keeping a window open while you work and listen out for bird song or take a walk in nature in your lunch hour.
White noise can also help. “It masks loud sounds that stimulate the brain, making it a useful distraction from unwanted noises,” adds Kate.
Finally, candles with wooden wicks make a crackling sound like an open fire, which has been shown to decrease blood pressure.