Tune in to Music to Tone Down Anxiety

Tuning in to music can tone down anxiety. Music positively affects the brain to reduce anxiety. Learn why and how music tones down anxiety. Read this.

When anxiety shouts at you and makes a lot of noise, tune in to music to tone down anxiety. It’s a fact, based in scientific research and reported in numerous sources including HuffPost1 and Lifehack2, that listening to music can tone down anxiety (Music Therapy For Treatment Of Anxiety Disorders).

Why Tuning in to Music Tones Down Anxiety

Anxiety is deeply rooted in the brain. When researchers use imaging tests such as the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan to see how the brain processes and reacts to information, they can see how anxiety impacts the brain. Nearly every part of the brain is involved in the experience of anxiety, including but not limited to:

  • The neocortex, the area of higher-order thinking and cognitive processing
  • The limbic system, the area responsible for emotion
  • The reptilian area, the survival/fight-or-flight center of the brain
  • The amygdala
  • The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • The hippocampus
  • The brain stem
  • The lateral septum

Neurotransmitters and hormones kick in and perpetuate and intensify anxiety. With anxiety so deeply rooted, no wonder life with anxiety can feel overwhelming. However, tuning in to music can significantly tone down anxiety because music washes over and through the entire brain, its sounds waving through every region and structure and meeting anxiety where it is.

How Tuning in to Music Tones Down Anxiety

Tuning in to music can tone down anxiety. Music positively affects the brain to reduce anxiety. Learn why and how music tones down anxiety. Read this.When we listen to music, our brain is affected positively on many levels. Music dances into the brain and does the following:

  • Stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone dopamine
  • Lowers the amount of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Regulates heart rates

Music meets anxiety where it lives. Listening to music positively impacts the brain and in doing so reduces anxiety. There are different types of anxiety disorders, and all anxiety has multiple effects on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Tuning in to music helps tone down all types of anxiety and improves its negative effects. I invite you to tune in to the below video to discover some specific ways to make music work to reduce your own anxiety.

Ways To Tune Into Music And Reduce Anxiety


HuffPost: 5 Ways Music Improves Our Health
LifeHack:Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits of Listening to Music

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, February 25). Tune in to Music to Tone Down Anxiety, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Author: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC, DAIS

Tanya J. Peterson is the author of numerous anxiety self-help books, including The Morning Magic 5-Minute Journal, The Mindful Path Through Anxiety, 101 Ways to Help Stop Anxiety, The 5-Minute Anxiety Relief Journal, The Mindfulness Journal for Anxiety, The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety, and Break Free: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 3 steps. She has also written five critically acclaimed, award-winning novels about life with mental health challenges. She delivers workshops for all ages and provides online and in-person mental health education for youth. She has shared information about creating a quality life on podcasts, summits, print and online interviews and articles, and at speaking events. Tanya is a Diplomate of the American Institution of Stress helping to educate others about stress and provide useful tools for handling it well in order to live a healthy and vibrant life. Find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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