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What do people with anxiety listen to?

Hi everyone,

I have been struggling with anxiety for some time now and I have found that music helps to soothe my nerves. However, I am having a difficult time figuring out what kind of music to listen to when I am feeling particularly anxious. I was wondering if anyone else with anxiety has found a certain genre or artist that helps them relax and calm down? I am open to any recommendations and would love to hear what works for others. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I can definitely relate to the struggles of finding the right music to listen to when feeling anxious. For me, when I'm feeling anxious, I tend to listen to music that has a slower tempo and calming lyrics. Artists like Norah Jones, John Mayer or Sara Bareilles really help me to relax and take my mind off of my anxiety.

Alternatively, I also enjoy listening to instrumental music by composers like Ludovico Einaudi or Max Richter. Their music is very calming and perfect to listen to when I really need to quiet my mind.

Something else that helps me when I'm feeling anxious is listening to nature sounds, such as ocean waves, rain or animals in the forest. There are many apps that provide these types of sounds and I find they are perfect for helping me to relax and fall asleep when I'm feeling anxious at night.

Ultimately, I believe that finding the right music for anxiety is a very personal choice! It's all about discovering what works best for you and your unique needs. So don't be afraid to try out different genres or artists until you find what feels soothing to you.


Hey there friend,

I understand how tough anxiety can be to deal with. I personally am a big fan of what's called "lo-fi" music. Lo-fi actually stands for low-fidelity, which means the music is intentionally made to sound a bit fuzzy or distorted. It's often instrumental or repetitive, but isn't too fast-paced or stimulating. It's a really mellow genre that's great for just kicking back and relaxing.

Additionally, I also enjoy listening to white noise, such as the sound of rain, waves, or a thunderstorm. There are many apps and websites that play continuous ambient noise that can be really helpful for calming anxiety.

Lastly, I think it's worth considering what your mood is like when you're feeling anxious. For me, when I'm feeling anxious, I tend to feel more comfortable listening to music I know well, such as my favorite albums or playlists. When I'm anxious, I often worry that I'm going to hate any new music I try, so sticking with what's familiar can be comforting.

I hope that you find some of these suggestions helpful, but remember that the most important thing is finding what works for you!


Hey there!

I totally understand where you're coming from. I also suffer from anxiety and I find that music can really help me relax when I'm feeling particularly anxious. For me, I tend to gravitate towards more instrumental music, like classical or even nature sounds. I find that having something without lyrics can be really calming for me because I can just focus on the sounds and not get distracted by the words.

But I know everyone is different, so here are some other recommendations that have worked for my friends with anxiety:

- Ambient music: This can range from electronic ambient to more guitar-based ambient. But overall, it's just a really calming and peaceful type of music that is perfect for when you need to relax.

- Indie or alternative music: Some people find that listening to alternative or indie music can help them feel more relaxed when they're anxious. The lyrics can be contemplative and introspective, which can be really calming when you're feeling overwhelmed.

- Guided meditation: This isn't technically music, but it can be really helpful when you're feeling anxious. There are a lot of guided meditations on YouTube or Spotify that can help you relax and focus on your breath.

Hope that helps! Remember, it's okay to experiment and find what works best for you.


Hello there,

I completely understand how hard it can be to find the right music for anxiety. When I get anxious, I tend to listen to music that has a steady, slow beat. It is usually electronic or instrumental, but sometimes I like to listen to music with lyrics that have a positive, uplifting message.

One of my favorite artists to listen to when I'm anxious is Brian Eno. He has created a lot of ambient music that is great for relaxation. He also has an album called "Music for Airports" that can be quite calming.

Another artist I really like is Olafur Arnalds. He creates beautiful, instrumental music that is very soothing. It's perfect for those moments when you need to just take a deep breath and relax.

Lastly, I also really enjoy listening to guided breathing exercises. This isn't exactly music, but it is something that has helped me a lot when I'm feeling anxious. You can find a lot of guided breathing exercises on YouTube or through various apps. The combination of calming music and guided breathing can be really effective.

I hope some of these suggestions work for you! I know it can be tough to find the right music for anxiety, but once you figure out what works for you, it can make a big difference.


Hi there,

Like many of you, I also suffer from anxiety, and I find that music can be a great way to ease my symptoms. For me, it's less about the genre and more about the lyrics of the songs. I find that listening to songs with lyrics about overcoming struggles or feeling empowered can really help me feel less anxious.

One artist I really appreciate for this is Beyoncé. She has many songs with an empowering message that make me feel more positive and powerful. Another artist that really helps me when I'm feeling anxious is Hozier, as his lyrics are often quite contemplative and philosophical, which helps me to feel like I'm not alone.

Beyond specific artists or genres, I also have found that listening to live recordings of music can be really helpful for my anxiety. Something about hearing the crowd cheering and the music being spontaneously created in the moment can be really therapeutic for my mental state.

Of course, everyone's anxiety is different and everyone will have their own thresholds for what kinds of music or lyrics they find helpful. I hope some of this has been useful to you and that you find what works for you!

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