Take a Break

Music to Relax By

Last updated:

October 26, 2011

Did you know that there's a link between heart rate and the music you listen to? Research reported in the journal Heart found that listening to music with a slow tempo can slow breathing and heart rate, while faster tempos can raise your resting heart rate. Other research has shown -- and your firsthand experience no doubt confirms -- that music influences mood, too. So if you're feeling anxious, consider playing a piece of beautiful, meditative music by Mozart or Pachelbel. It might be just the thing to suit your ears and blood pressure alike.

-- Paula Spencer Scott