Music is one of those pleasures in life that can be almost anything it needs to be.  If someone is down, music can either be their morose companion or that which picks them up and puts them on their feet again.  If someone is tires, a good peppy song can revive their energy and keep their spirit going.  If someone is captive, music can be their freedom, and if someone is stressed or anxious, music can calm them down or take them to a world where their problems are not so frightening.

Just as a soldier marches to the beat of the drum or a crowd sways to the rhythm of the song, the panic attack sufferer can be affected by music to the point that their movements and mood is changed.  While the type of music that affects a person will vary according to the personal preferences of the individual, there are some general rules that can help the panic sufferer get the most out of their musical selections.

It is fairly obvious to most that the beat of the music can affect the heart rate of the listener.  It has been observed that the crowds attending concerts in which the music is that is played has a slower or more smooting tone, as well as beat, is generally more sedate and relexed.  Conversely, music that is ‘angry’ or discordant and has a rapid beat tends to excite or sometimes enrage the crowd listening. 

Because of these observations, the panic sufferer can use music to affect their mood.  By choosing music that is more melodic and slower, the listener will likely experience a change in their heart rate to match the music.  As a result, they should begin feeling more relaxed as they listen to relaxing music.  Similar results will most likely be experienced by listening to ‘relaxation’ sounds such as ocean waves or wind sounds.

There is a place for stimulating music as well for the panic attack sufferer.  Music that can be danced to can be used to burn off excess energy.  It can also be used to distract the mind and keep the person from dwelling on the item that is causing them anxiety.  Stimulating music may not be relaxing, but it can be useful. 

Experiment with music and see how it affects your mood.  Just as food and feelings are tracked using a journal, it is important to make notes on how what is listened to affects the mood of the moment.  Try different type and styles of music.  You might just find a new type that you didn’t know you would enjoy.

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