Listening to Music for Self Care (5 helpful tips)

Discover the importance of listening to music for self-care, and I’ll share my top 5 helpful music therapy tips.

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As part of your self-care challenge, you’ll need to create a playlist of your favourite songs. Below I’ll explain how music can benefit and how to do it correctly.

Is listening to music a self-care?

Yes, there are scientific studies to confirm that listening to music can be a self-care activity. Listening to music has been proven to reduce stress levels and positively impact your mood. The style and tempo of the music you listen to will determine the effectiveness of this.

How does music help self-care?

Music therapy is commonly used to decrease the anxiety and stress associated with the pressures of everyday life. Listening to music will release more dopamine and serentonin into your brain, resulting in a change of mood and emotions.

The music you choose to listen to will determine the outcome. Listening to calming music can dramatically reduce your stress levels. Alternatively, listening to upbeat, happy songs can shift your mood to a more positive state.

Listening to music for self care

Here are my 5 helpful tips to ensure you get the best self-care out of listening to music.

1. Make your own playlists

No one knows the music that impacts you better than yourself. That’s why I encourage you to create your very own self-care playlist.

That being said, there are many great playlists available. I recommend you listen to different playlists to draw inspiration to slowly build your own ultimate feel-good playlist.

2. Listen to music intentionally

You may listen to music. But, how often do you actually LISTEN to music?

Find the time to intentionally listen to your favourite positive music with no distractions. Be mindful of the lyrics, the instruments and the rhythm of songs. This can double as a sort of meditative practice, helping you to feel present in the moment.

3. Let go when no one is watching

As I mentioned in the video above, one of my favourite things to do is to listen to music when I’m alone in my house.

I play my favourite energetic music, and I dance my troubles away. I find this so much fun, and it’s a great stress release.

Try it. No one will know.

4. Experiment with different tempos for different moods

Different styles and genres of music will have different effects on your mood. You can experiment with which sounds make you feel the best, but here is a quick guide:

When you feel down – listen to upbeat and uptempo music such as pop, jazz or reggae. Choose positive songs that you can sing along to, which can help to lift your spirits.

When you’re feeling stressed – listen to songs with a slower tempo whenever you need to relax and unwind after a stressful day. RnB, soul and acoustic music are good suggestions for this.

When you need motivation – listen to music with inspiring lyrics that will motivate and provoke you to take action. I like to listen to this music in the mornings. I suggest making a morning playlist.

5. Be mindful of your song choices

Music therapy can be an awesome way to positively impact your mental health and wellbeing, however, it can also have the opposite effect depending on your song choice.

Avoid listening to dark or negative sounding music, as this can hinder your self-care goals.


If you’d like to check out my On Cloud Nine playlist, click here.

Hannah Pellatt

I'm a qualified life & wellness coach and an advocate of self-care. It’s my mission to help you achieve balance, wellness and success. You can find out more at hannahpellatt.com.

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