What Can I Expect from My Acupuncture Treatment?

Although it is been done for thousands of years in Asia, some people are still very nervous about going to an acupuncturist for treatment. As the practice becomes more accepted, however, and the use of acupuncture is becoming more prevalent, many individuals will find themselves getting this treatment for the first time. If you are a little bit nervous about your acupuncture treatment, you are in good company but that doesn’t mean that you have a need for alarm. Here is what you can expect from your visit to the acupuncturist.

The first visit will actually be a question-and-answer session and may or may not include acupuncture at all. Your doctor will want to know almost everything about your medical condition, and the underlying issues and anything else that may help him in his treatment of your condition. Once the proper treatment is discerned, however, your treatments will start, perhaps even on the first visit.

This is where most people get nervous because they are unsure about the dangers that may exist from acupuncture. Let me put your mind at ease. It is very rare for there to be any problems from acupuncture treatment and, as long as you’re acupuncturist is using clean needles and knows what they are doing, you have little to worry about at all. It is possible for infection to set in or for an organ to be punctured but this is very rare if you’re acupuncturist is qualified.

Each session will last about one half hour and your doctor will insert very tiny needles into the acupuncture points and may manipulate them somewhat with his hands, induce a very light electrical pulse or even warm them with moxa. The needles will remain in your body for anywhere from five to 20 minutes. Most people do not feel any discomfort at all from having these needles inserted and actually may feel invigorated in some cases or perhaps very relaxed.

After your first time of receiving acupuncture, you will find that it is not an unpleasant situation at all. As a matter of fact, you may leave the acupuncturist feeling very good, relaxed and with an overall sense of well-being. In fact, once you begin with your acupuncture treatments you will probably wonder why you waited so long to begin them in the first place. It’s an ancient medical practice but it can still take care of many things for us today.

Breathing, Exercise and Eating

If I had not gone through several diet and exercise programs, I would not believe the connection that the elements of breathing, exercise and eating share. Since I have however, received quite and education in these three areas, I can vouch for the certain fact that they are all interrelated and do affect the body individually and jointly.

Now, the eating and exercise you may have already figured out, but are you aware of the role our breathing plays in providing the body with the oxygen needed for maximum metabolism? No, most people aren’t.

This is how the process works. In order to metabolize food, the body needs certain elements to come together and create the right conditions for food breakdown. Oxygen is one of the elements. The more oxygen we add to the process, the better our metabolic process can work to properly utilize the energy from the food we have consumed.

It is here that our breathing plays a key role in the metabolic process. The deeper, and more efficiently we breathe, the more oxygen we consume. The more oxygen we consume, the more we provide to the metabolic process. Makes sense doesn’t it?

What role does exercise play in this process? Well, exercise conditions our body to keep it in optimal shape. To keep muscles functioning correctly and build muscle mass. The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn; the more calories we burn, the better our metabolism is at using up the calories we take in through food consumption.

Can you begin to see how our body is really a well functioning machine? It’s a continual circle of events, one feeding off the other. When all the events are coming together properly, we are healthy, happy individuals. It’s only when abuse of the system begins to occur, that we put our bodies in jeopardy. Perhaps is we educated our children, while they are young, about the dangers of abusing their body, we would have better equipped young adults. We educate them about the dangers of household appliances that are incorrectly operated, about the danger of driving recklessly, and improper operation of the car they’re driving; we just don’t take the time to educate them about the most important piece of equipment they will ever operate, their own body.

Exercise, breathing properly and healthy eating are the ingredients vital to the proper operation of the body. Of all the things we ever learn, of all the thoughts we ever entertain, or the abilities we acquire as we grow, our health and the means to maintain it, are the most important. Nothing else works unless our mind and body have been kept in working condition. Have you ever noticed someone who is paralyzed? So many of the choices they could make about how to spend their time, playing sports, skiing, or swimming, have been taken away. The same is true for someone who has abused their body to the point of being an invalid; so many of the choices that could have been made
to enrich their lives, have been taken away.

Nature: The Great Stress-Reliever

You might feel as if your senses are constantly being bombarded, both at work and at home. As a result, stress might have led you to the breaking point.

But there is a great universal stress reliever—one that is close to everyone. Nature offers bountiful opportunities for relieving stress. It might seem old-fashioned to “commune with nature,” but it can be incredibly cathartic, decreasing your stress level immeasurably.

First, you must be willing to take the time to drink in nature and all its beauty. Often, we feel overwhelmed by commitments—so overwhelmed, in fact, that we become guilty if we take time out for ourselves. However, if we are to successfully combat stress, we absolutely must reserve time for stress-relief, and nature can be one of the best stress relievers available.

Each season offers its own unique brand of stress relief. In the autumn, we can be soothed by the multi-colored leaves on the trees, the crunch of leaves under our feet, and lovely azure October skies. By experiencing the beauty of nature, we can become more relaxed and better able to take on life’s challenges.

In the winter, we can take brisk walks through the snow, watching the flakes delicately float down to earth. We can be energized by the brisk winds and frigid temperatures. We can also gain a certain amount of confidence in battling the elements, helping to relieve our stress level.

In spring, we can enjoy the true riches of nature. We can experience the scent of flowers just beginning to bloom…the loveliness of plants that have survived winter’s scourge…and listen to the birds chirping in the trees. Gazing at trees just beginning to bud can be incredibly soothing after a stressful day on the job.

Meanwhile, in the summer, we can experience nature at its most vibrant. We can enjoy the scent of the grass after the lawn has just been mowed…and watch the trees gently waving in the summer breeze. We can revel in the sun’s rays, or enjoy the refreshment of a summer shower. Just a few minutes in the outdoors can reduce our stress level dramatically.

There are also a number of nature-related activities we can engage in in order to relax. For instance, hiking offers a tremendous opportunity to see the splendor of nature up close and personal. Skiing allows us to enjoy winter’s beauty, while a game of Frisbee can be a tremendous lift on a summer afternoon. Because nature offers such a feast for the senses, enjoying the outdoors can bring a sense of calm and tranquility to our lives that few other things can.

Some people have found a relaxing nature-related hobby in gardening. Planting flowers, trimming bushes, and weeding can help to relax both the mind and the body. Others have found that yard work can help to reduce stress. Such activities as mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or shoveling snow can help to remove us from sources of stress, giving us a much-needed break.

You may be so inspired by nature that you write poetry about the things you see and hear. Such writing can be tremendously cathartic, especially when undertaken outdoors. Lying in a chaise lounge under a tree, composing sonnets about flowers, can get your creative juices flowing—and lower your stress level in the process.

You might be surprised how therapeutic nature can be. It can re-awaken your senses, allowing you to see things you might have missed before. It can demonstrate to you the beauty of creation and give you a renewed vitality for life. It can provide you with a welcome sanctuary from the world of blaring stereos and non-stop TV chatter. Even if you don’t consider yourself a nature lover, brief periods outdoors can give you a new sense of purpose. With such a positive outlook, your ability to handle stress will be enhanced. In essence, spending a few moments outdoors is like taking a mini-vacation from the rigors of your daily life.

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga, as you may know, is practiced by millions of people throughout the world for several good reasons. It has been around for thousands of years now and it is continually gaining popularity for a number of benefits that it is capable of giving.

Well, speaking of benefits, one may find the benefits of yoga countless. There are too many of them to mention, but all are tailored to one particular purpose – to maintain better health and well-being through the unity of the mind and body. The benefits of yoga can be classified into three categories according to where they may occur: physical, mental and spiritual.

Physical Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is in the first place a philosophy composed of exercises that is highly capable of making the physical body as healthy as possible. Several claims have it that the exercises involved in the practice can help increase the muscle strength of a person. It strengthens the muscles and joints in the back and abdominal muscles, which are but two of the most vital elements of the spine’s muscular network which works to help the person obtain a proper posture.

The yoga can also aid relaxation. It is said to alleviate pains and stress not only in the muscles, but in the entire body. This benefit is made possible by the yoga movements that involve stretching, as well as for the breathing exercises which are done throughout the practice.

Most of all, the practice of yoga will make you aware that your body has its own limitations. Knowing this fact will help you prevent all sorts of injuries and bodily imperfections knowing that you already know what and what not to do.

Mental Benefits of Yoga

It is believed that if you are doing the yoga techniques regularly, there is a great possibility that you will be relaxed to the highest possible level. You can also handle certain situations that are stressful more easily. And, most of all, you will know exactly how to encourage yourself to think about positive thoughts. Recent researches have further revealed that the mental benefits of yoga may also include self-acceptance.

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

In terms of spiritual benefits, yoga is deemed to be so potent for making you aware of everything about your body, as well as your emotions and the feelings of others. Many of the expert yogis even claim that practicing the yoga exercises will help promote a sense of interdependence that may involve not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. This is actually where the idea of “oneness” comes in.

Tips for healthy eating with fruits and vegetables

Everyone knows the importance of a diet rich in healthy fruits and vegetables. Most people do not eat enough of these important foodstuffs, and increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables is probably the single most effective thing you can do to improve your overall health. Eating enough fruits and vegetables does not need to be chore. After all, fruits and vegetables are delicious, easy to buy and easy to use.

In addition, fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, which are though to play an important role in maintaining good health. Antioxidants have been studied for their effectiveness at preventing cancer, heart disease and even reversing the signs of aging. In addition, fruits and vegetables are excellent source of trace elements and other micronutrients. These important elements are not available in any vitamin pill; they must be obtained from the daily diet.

Tips for choosing the best fruits and vegetables:

  • When possible, choose fresh fruits possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables may contain more nutrients than frozen or dried varieties.
  • Even though fresh is best, frozen and canned vegetables are great for out of season varieties. When buying canned fruits, avoid those packed in syrup and opt for those packed in water or juice.
  • Choose fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. Not only are bright, colorful fruits more attractive, but the different colors indicate different types and amounts of nutrients. For instance, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are good sources of beta carotene, while dark green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin C and calcium.
  • Be careful when cooking vegetables. A quick steam in the microwave with minimal water added is the best way to prevent loss of nutrients when cooking.
  • Keep your vegetables healthy by adding minimal butter, margarine and oil. Most vegetables can be flavored using a stock, a low fat yogurt or fresh fruit pieces.

Understanding portion sizes
We have all heard the government recommendations that we eat 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This talk of servings and portions can sometimes be confusing, so let’s take a look at just what a serving consists of.

A serving of a fruit or vegetable can be:

  • A medium sized piece of fruit, such as an apple, banana or orange
  • One large slice of a fruit like a cantaloupe, melon or pineapple
  • Two pieces of small fruit, such as a kiwi fruit or plum
  • One cup of strawberries, raspberries or grapes
  • One half cup of fresh fruit salad
  • One half cup of stewed or canned fruit
  • One quarter cup of dried fruit
  • One half cup of 100% pure fruit juice
  • One half cup of cooked, canned or frozen vegetables
  • One side salad

Unlike with many other types of foods, more is better when it comes to fruits and vegetables. When planning and preparing meals, it is important to plan ahead and include as many servings of fruits and vegetables as possible. Proper meal planning and shopping are the best ways to meet the five a day minimum recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption.

Some tips for healthier living:

  • Stock the fridge with healthy snacks like celery sticks and carrots
  • Keep a bowl of fruit, stocked with healthy attractive fruits like oranges, apples and bananas, on the kitchen counter and dining room table
  • Drink a glass of 100% pure apple, orange or grapefruit juice every morning
  • Warm up a cold day with a steaming bowl of vegetable soup
  • Eat at least one salad every day. Experiment with different salad additions, like broccoli, sprouts, carrots and green peppers.
  • Snack on fruits like apples and oranges. Dried fruits like apricots and raisins also make handy and nutritious snacks
  • Add sprouts, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes to sandwiches for extra variety
  • Garnish meals with chopped or grated carrots
  • Strive for at least two servings of vegetables at each evening meal
  • Use your creativity to create exciting vegetable stir fries for family and friends
  • Spice up the grill with vegetable and fruit kebabs
  • Use baked apples and pears as great low calorie desserts
  • Add vegetables like carrots, cabbage, onions, lentils and peas to soups, stews and casseroles.

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga, as you may know, is practiced by millions of people throughout the world for several good reasons. It has been around for thousands of years now and it is continually gaining popularity for a number of benefits that it is capable of giving.

Well, speaking of benefits, one may find the benefits of yoga countless. There are too many of them to mention, but all are tailored to one particular purpose – to maintain better health and well being through the unity of the mind and body. The benefits of yoga can be classified into three categories according to where they may occur: physical, mental and spiritual.

Physical Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is in the first place a philosophy composed of exercises that is highly capable of making the physical body as healthy as possible. Several claims have it that the exercises involved in the practice can help increase the muscle strength of a person. It strengthens the muscles and joints in the back and abdominal muscles, which are but two of the most vital elements of the spine’s muscular network which works to help the person obtain a proper posture.

The yoga can also aid relaxation. It is said to alleviate pains and stress not only in the muscles, but in the entire body. This benefit is made possible by the yoga movements that involve stretching, as well as for the breathing exercises which are done throughout the practice.

Most of all, the practice of yoga will make you aware that your body has its own limitations. Knowing this fact will help you prevent all sorts of injuries and bodily imperfections knowing that you already know what and what not to do.

Mental Benefits of Yoga
It is believed that if you are doing the yoga techniques regularly, there is a great possibility that you will be relaxed to the highest possible level. You can also handle certain situations that are stressful more easily. And, most of all, you will know exactly how to encourage yourself to think about positive thoughts. Recent researches have further revealed that the mental benefits of yoga may also include self-acceptance.

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga
In terms of spiritual benefits, yoga is deemed to be so potent for making you aware of everything about your body, as well as your emotions and the feelings of others. Many of the expert yogis even claim that practicing the yoga exercises will help promote a sense of interdependence that may involve not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. This is actually where the idea of “oneness” comes in.

Staying Motivated: An Important Factor in Weight Loss

If you are attempting to fight fat, it is simply not enough to begin an exercise program. You must also be able to stick with it. This can be challenging, especially if you have spent most of your life as a couch potato. You may find exercise to be boring or a chore. And you may be wondering whether your exercise program is really worth the effort.

It should be noted that the key to a successful exercise program is perseverance. This means that you need to commit to it for the long haul—in fact, it is best if you commit to it for the rest of your life. Certainly, it can be difficult at times. But in the end, it is well worth the effort you exert.

Staying motivated may begin with having a tangible goal. For instance, if you are basically inactive when you start your program, you should aim to burn off 500 calories a week. If you are fairly active when you start exercising, your goal should be 1,000 calories. But you must also have a long-term goal. This might be doubling the amount of calories you burn within six months of commencing your exercise program.

You might consider starting an exercise log. Here, you will record exactly what kind of aerobic, anaerobic, and stretching exercises you do each week. Be sure to include the number of repetitions you’re performing with each exercise. This way, you’ll have a concrete chart for your progress. Seeing how well you’re doing can be truly inspiring and can keep you going when you find it difficult to go on.

Another effective motivational strategy is to join a group that engages in some kind of exercise. For instance, you might become a mall-walker or you might find a local square dance club to join. Other possibilities include hiking groups, golfing groups, softball teams, or even ping-pong teams. The fact that you are part of a social network will help to keep you motivated.

You might try psyching yourself out by using a computer screensaver which says, “Get moving.” Or you might post a “get moving” sign on your refrigerator. In other words, you should be constantly reminded of the value of exercise. You might also invest in home exercise equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical trainer, or free weights. The amount of money you spend could be a powerful incentive for making sure that you use the equipment on a regular basis. You should also place the equipment in a prominent place so that you have to pass it often. After a while, you’ll find no excuse not to exercise.

You might also consider investing in exercise videos or DVDs. These allow you the convenience of exercising in the privacy of your own home. They can also give you an electronic “exercise buddy” who can help keep you inspired even on rainy days when you don’t feel like exercising at all.

Another effective idea is to place your athletic shoes near the door so that you are reminded of the need to walk rather than drive. You might also consider rewarding yourself for keeping with your exercise program. Your reward could be as elaborate as a cruise or as small as a treat from the dollar store. The idea is to make sure that your accomplishment is celebrated.

While we’re on the topic of celebration, seriously consider throwing a party once you’ve reached an exercise milestone. You can serve nutritious snacks and beverages and even encourage your guests to come in their athletic wear in order to build upon the party’s theme. Sharing your joy can help to motivate you to continue your physical activities.

It should be said that there is no right way to exercise. But you do need to make sure that whatever you do is effective and that you’re sufficiently motivated to do it. By following just a few simple tips, you can ensure that your exercise routine is not just a fad, that it will continue over the long term. Remember that you may face setbacks from time to time, but that shouldn’t stop you from continuing to try to reach your exercise goals.

Relaxing Muscles Can Be the Key to Reducing Stress

Perhaps you’re an airline pilot who’s just spent hours in the cockpit. It seems like every muscle in your body is tense and you need relief. Or perhaps you’re a stay-at- home mom who’s spent the better part of your day cleaning your house. You feel as if your nerves are shot and you desperately want to feel better.

In both instances, the key to relieving stress may be progressive muscle relaxation. It’s a technique that began in the 1930s, but still has relevance today. With this technique, muscle groups are flexed and then relaxed in short order. The foundation of this technique is the concept that physical relaxation leads to mental repose. While the method does involve activating the muscles, you don’t have to be a weightlifter to try it. That’s because it requires no special training. In fact, virtually anyone can master the technique.

In general, you’ll want to practice the method ten to 20 minutes a day. But don’t blame yourself if you don’t master it on the first try. It’s best to take a gradual approach, improving your muscle flexing capabilities over time. You’ll need to rehearse the technique again and again in order to obtain maximum benefit. You’ll also need to be patient because you might not be able to pick it up in a single afternoon. But, in the long run, it will be well worth the effort.

Progressive muscle relaxation is referred to as a deep relaxation technique. This means that it can not only reduce stress, but also help alleviate chronic pain and sleeplessness. Doctors often use the technique in an effort to treat migraines and cancer. Usually, the relaxation technique begins with the feet and the legs, then gradually moves up the body to the chest, neck, and face. However, some physicians may try to relax muscle groups in a different order.

After some time, the amount of muscle tension attempted is increased in order to maximize the work of the muscles. You can engage in this exercise while seated, or you can do it lying in bed. Make sure, however, that you attempt it only in a place that is quiet and tranquil. Otherwise, you might find it difficult to complete the exercise. To begin with, tighten the muscles for about eight seconds and then release. Relax for about 30 seconds, then move onto another set of muscles. You might use progressive muscle relaxation in conjunction with imagery. In other words, you might imagine that you are like a wave of the ocean unleashing your power by flexing your muscles.

Through progressive muscle relaxation, you can learn to interpret your body’s cues. In this way, you can identify signs of tension within your body and determine ways to correct it. As a result, you should feel much less stress and may even feel as if you have more energy. Because progressive muscle relaxation has been around for decades, it is proven effective. Therefore, it is not a fad, but a legitimate relaxation technique.

Your initial relaxation session should last about an hour. You will engage in such activities as making a fist, bending your arms, raising your eyebrows, clenching your teeth, pulling up your shoulders, tightening your abdominal muscles, and lifting your heels. In time, such exercises will become second-nature to you. However, you should not try to speed up your exercises—the point is to remain relaxed, not to quicken your pace. The exercises may be a perfect activity on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon—whenever you’re ready to relax.

Progressive muscle relaxation is for anyone. Whether you work at a construction site or a classroom, in a music hall or in a meat market, you can benefit from the relaxation exercises. Granted, it may be hard for you to relax at first, especially if you are a Type A personality. But, chances are, you’ll quickly master the technique and learn to enjoy your exercises. In time, such relaxation exercises should become a natural part of life. You’ll feel healthier, more energetic, and less stressed. Chances are your attitude will brighten, since the weight of the world has been taken from your shoulders. You’ll find that time relaxing is truly time well-spent.

Should You Choose Diets that Work Program or DIY to Lose Weight?

The most important question to ask once you have decided to lose some weight is to decide if you would do it yourself or if you should enroll into a diet plan. There are many types of diet that work excellently under the supervision of an expert or your diet counselor but these types of programs can get really expensive at times. Obviously you may want to skip this part if you are low on budget. But if you do have the ability to sign up for one, then nothing beats having someone to assist you and can keep you motivated all through the duration of the weight loss program.

For those who decide to embark on a DIY program, free resources that you can find online would be a very helpful thing indeed. It can help anyone decide on the right path to take and how you should start your own DIY weight loss program. However, for those are looking for diets that work through intensive weight loss programs, then they may be interested to find out the best one around which can deliver the results they are looking for with the least cost and the minimum effort possible.

The issue whether to create your own DIY program or to enroll in a professional weight loss program can be resolved if you would ask yourself several important questions that can help point you in the right direction There is no way you can know for sure which would work best for you unless you try it out, but here are some helpful tips to get you started on the right track.

The DIY diets would be great for those who understand the technique of calorie counting and is willing to learn how to do it right. It is important to understand the principles of good nutrition as well since you won’t’ have anyone around to guide you. When you are alone in your diet program, you have to be totally honest with yourself and be sure that you don’t give in to the temptation to binge on food and eat more than you should. It is also important to be able to prepare your own food and include a wide variety of dishes into your meals to avoid monotony and boredom.

If you think that you would fall into the trap of eating more than you should, then you would definitely need to enroll in a diet program. Choose diets that work based on the experience of precious participants. Read reviews so you would know what to expect when you enroll in that particular program. A diet program would help you structure your meal plans and you should be able to resist the temptation to eat foods that are not on the list permissible during the entire weight loss program. Finally, you would need to adhere to the guidelines for long-term maintenance of the desired weight. If you do not follow these rules, then it won’t be long before your weight bounces back and you would be where you’re at when you first started the program, with a few thousands dollars less in your pocket.

Music: Sound Stress Reduction

Music–It is the soundtrack to our lives. You might have driven your first car while the Go-Gos blared on the radio. You may remember singing “Memory” at your high school graduation, or you might have had the organist play “Ode to Joy” at your wedding. You may remember the first time you heard Bruce Springsteen, or the last time you heard Madonna. Whether your musical tastes are contemporary or classical, chances are you do have a favorite form of music. And you also probably have a favorite artist or band.

But, in addition to being enjoyable, music can serve an important function as a stress reliever. It is no surprise that dentists routinely play music in their offices, or that surgeons play it during operations. Bus drivers play music to reduce stress, as do baseball players during their warm-ups.

Musicologists say that music can have a soothing effect, an effect that might have begun when we first heard music while still in our mother’s womb. As a result, music may, in fact, remind us of our mothers, from whom we draw strength and comfort. It has been shown in studies that music where the flute predominates, such as Celtic or Native American music, is often the most comforting. In fact, research indicates that any music performed in person helps to synchronize the right and left brain hemispheres. Music can be especially beneficial to the individuals performing it. It provides a sense of accomplishment which can, in turn, reduce stress.

Music increases the body’s serotonin levels, which are associated with good feelings. Also, music tends to enhance deep breathing, making a person feel more relaxed. Also, background music at work has been shown to cut stress levels. In addition to causing heart rates to decline, music boosts the body’s temperature.

One preferable way to relax is to lie down with a set of headphones and allow the music to wash over you. In this way, you’ll be intimately involved in the music—you’ll feel as if you are part of the music. It is easy to forget the cares of the world when you can escape into music. You should select music that has a slow beat—preferably slower than 72 beats a minute, the standard heart rate. You should focus your attention to the silence that is usually built into musical selections in order to maximize your relaxation. Another popular technique is to use a Walkman while doing your morning walk. This way, you combine the stress-busting effects of music with those of exercise. This provides a one-two punch which is guaranteed to reduce your stress level.

You might also try tuning into nature sounds. Sit in your backyard, close your eyes, and concentrate on the sounds you hear. You’ll be listening to the music of crickets and songbirds, leaves rustling in the wind and wind chimes swaying in the breeze. You can also purchase a CD which offers the sounds of the ocean or the woods. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll be carried away with the sounds. Just ten minutes sitting quietly and listening can put you in an entirely different frame of mind. You’ll find you’re better able to cope with the demands of the day if you’ve spent some time listening to music—whether it’s man-made or made by nature.

It is highly important that you listen to music that appeals to you. If you never liked the Beach Boys, chances are that playing a “Best of the Beach Boys” CD will not calm you down. Furthermore, if you like classical music, but can’t stand Beethoven, limit your listening to Mozart instead. The important thing is that you feel comfortable with your musical selections.

It is hard to imagine a world without music, yet most of us do not take full advantage of the art form. It can be unbelievably effective in reducing stress and improving relaxation. It is no wonder that women have been known to select their favorite music to give birth by. Music elevates our mood; it makes us feel happy and alive. Depending on the amount of stress you’re under, you may end up playing music just in the morning, in the afternoon, or all day. Just remember that music time should be relaxation time.