Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear that can be mild to overwhelming. Music therapy has been used for years as a remedy for calming sounds because it can provide therapeutic benefits that help relieve psychological stress and anxiety.
In this post they have an overview of different types of music and their effect on our mental state. They also have recommendations for music to listen to depending the type of anxiety you are facing – whether it is generalized or situational.
Generalized anxiety is characterized by chronic and overwhelming worry and tension that can cause physical manifestations such as muscle tension, headaches or stomachaches. It is closely related to “social anxiety” because social situations cause people with generalized anxiety to feel nervous and anxious. Generalized anxiety is not an unfounded fear of social situations, but it’s a fear you feel constantly and makes your everyday life more difficult than it needs to be. This kind of generalized anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of ways: for example, feeling isolated, irritable or unhappy. The type of calming sounds you listen to can help you manage your stress and improve your mood instantly!
Situational anxiety is not so much a fear or fear of being alone, but of being afraid in certain situations. It’s the kind of anxiety that makes you feel anxious when you are at work or with your family, but it doesn’t paralyze you in these situations. There are different types of situational anxiety. For example, you can get anxious when speaking to people or being alone. You might get anxious when speaking to specific people that have caused trouble in the past – for example, claustrophobic people may get upset when they are around wide spaces. These are temporary anxieties that no longer affect their life because they have learned how to cope with them already.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is an anxiety disorder that makes people feel uncomfortable or scared in social situations. People with SAD are afraid of being judged by society’s opinions, embarrassed, or even humiliated during the interaction. SAD often results in avoidant behavior which can cause severe panic attacks. There are different types of social anxiety disorder based on the scenarios the person feels afraid in. For example, someone can be afraid of public speaking because they feel inferior or inadequate to the audience’s expectations. Some people may fear public speaking but not due to feeling inadequate to their audience but instead because their nerves might cause them to say something embarrassing.