Sunday Mirror

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 ( 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.

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