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I am super incredibly hyper-aware of everything when I have anxiety. The smallest noise sounds like an explosive going off within my eardrums. This leads to anger, a sense of no control, and, eventually, panic attacks. Which is never a good thing.
I’m always trying to find new ways to help my anxiety. Usually, music is the first thing I turn to. When my anxiety is acting up, I’ll blast my Pandora stations, or better yet, I’ll put earbuds in to completely drown out what’s going on around me.
Even though different things help calm different people down, it always seems like listening to music is near the top of everyone’s list.
Here are my favorite Pandora radio stations that help calm my anxiety.
Pandora Stations for Calming Anxiety
1. EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
Explosions in the Sky is one of my favorite bands. Honestly, if you haven’t heard them before, you are severely missing out.
They’re an instrumental band, and even though they don’t use any lyrics in their music, they still tell such meaningful stories within their songs.
Be prepared for soothing guitars, light drums, and a lot of emotion. They use a lot of rock influences in their music, and there’s not one song that I don’t like.
They display such honest beauty and tragedy in their music that’s very hard to come by these days. Nothing seems superficial or forced. Their music speaks when we can’t find the words.
If their music didn’t calm you down in the slightest, I would be surprised.
3. ASIAN DREAM
This station is an electronic, instrumental station that uses influences of hip hop and sounds of Japanese culture.
My boyfriend introduced me to this station about three years ago, and I will always remember us using it as background music during our very late night conversations. Whenever I put the station on, it instantly takes me back.
Listen to it and see how far the journey takes you.
This Pandora station plays all things Disney. You get the classic music from the movies, as well as the renditions played on Broadway and other various cover versions of the songs.
As soon as I put this station on, I feel like a kid again. It makes me feel like anything can be accomplished. It certainly takes me out of my anxiety-induced head.
If you put on this station, you’ll hear sounds of waterfalls, the ocean, the wind, and birds chirping. The music is accompanied by instruments, like strings, piano, and woodwind instruments. So, essentially, this Pandora station sounds like nature on steroids.
This station is perfect for practicing yoga or meditating to, which is another way to calm your anxiety.
6. DAVID LANZ
David Lanz is a Grammy-nominated composer of piano music. His music focuses on calming melodies and raw emotion.
I genuinely wish more people would listen to this type of music, because it is music in it’s most pure state. Nothing is over the top. Just so simple. The instruments do all the talking.
7. JOHN WILLIAMS
John Williams is one of the most famous composers of all time. He composed the scores for the Harry Potter movies, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and countless more.
The songs in these movies are so freaking amazing, and the rest of this station is no different. The whole Pandora station is filled with so much amazing music that also fills our movie screens.
I highly recommend listening to the soundtracks of your favorite movies when you’re having high anxiety. I almost guarantee it’ll help you.
What Pandora stations do you listen to to help calm your anxiety?
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