Listening to music can instill calmness and relaxation, as indicated by reduced cortisol levels and lowered heart rate (de Witte et al., 2020). A large-scale review of 400 studies showed that playing and listening to music also improves the body’s immune system, reduces stress, and promotes social bonding (Levitin, 2013). 

Music use was a crucial tool during the lockdowns caused by COVID-19. Music may have provided listeners with a way to feel connected to others and feelings of support or relief. Listening to relaxing music can facilitate a switch from the “flight-or-fight” to recovery responses by lowering blood pressure and heart rate (Madey and VonDras, 2021).

The following are ways that music can help you manage your mood.