There are all kinds of different ways to try and relax and help reduce the stress in your life. Probably one of the best ways is to listen to music. It is probably one of the best ways for you, your mind and your body to unwind after a day filled with stress. It's also a great way for you to shed off the stress so that you can fall asleep easier. However, not just any music will do, you need to make sure that you pick out the right kind of music or you will be just adding more stress to a mind that is already too tired to handle more stress and some music can be stressful.
When you decide to start using music as one of your stress relievers make sure that you pick out the right kind of music. It is important to calm down your brain and the best way to do that is to pick out music that is calm and tranquil. The worst kind that you can choose is heavy metal and rap. This kind of music does not help to calm in fact it is more of a stimulate and your brain is in need of quiet and gentle stimulation so that it can lower the stress level of your entire body.
Sometimes it is best if you go out and get music that is specially made for relaxation. These would be relaxation soundtracks. There are a lot of stores that carry these kinds of recordings. Bed , Bath & Beyond as well as Target are just two of the many stores that sell these kinds of soundtracks. You can also look for music that is specifically designed for yoga as well. You might also want to go for the ones that contain natural sounds instead of music like ones that contains different nature sounds like the ocean, falling rain, bubbling streams, etc.
Whether this is going to be at bedtime or some other time of the day, you need to prepare yourself for a nap. Usually if you find the right music or sounds to turn off your stress, you are more than likely going to nod off to sleep and you should. So you should turn off your cell phone, shut the door wherever you are listening to your music and try to get rid of all the distractions. If it is not at bedtime then you need to let your family know that you need some time to yourself and you don't want to be bothered.
Now get the music you want and lay down and place your head on your pillow. You can do this on your bed or on a couch or your favorite easy chair. Make sure the room is kind of dark and then turn on your music.
While your music is playing you need to make sure you are thinking only good and happy thoughts. Think of a place that makes you happy or think of a time that you felt the happiest. You can pretend you are walking on a beach in Hawaii or wherever you might dream of going. Really let yourself get into the music or nature sounds that are playing in the background.
You should also be doing deep breathing as well while you are listening to the music and thinking happy thoughts. You need to breathe in and out in a very slow fashion. You should breathe in and out, then count to ten and then breathe in and out. Continue to do this during the entire time or until you fall asleep. This will rid your body of toxins as well as negative thoughts.
The main goal here is to let yourself go and if you drift off to sleep, don't fight it, just let it happen. This is what your body needs to fight the stress.