Music as a Stress Relief Tool



In our active addiction, our substance of choice functioned as a coping mechanism for any negative or uncomfortable feelings we encountered in our day to day lives. Now that you are living in recovery, it is imperative you seek out new, healthy coping skills to alleviate stress and anxiety in your life. Simply getting sober does not eliminate these negative feelings in our lives, and it is crucial we arm ourselves with new tools to combat these feelings in order to avoid relapse. Music is one such tool which can be used to relieve stress and anxiety, and its an easy for you to give it a try!


Music is a powerful stimuli for humans, conjuring up associated memories and feelings, giving it the power to alter our mood and perspective in just a few moments. Listening to certain songs can allow you to harken back to a joyful, peaceful time in your life, clearing your mind and grounding you in a feeling of serenity and security. This meditative process is an easy one for you to practice. Spend a few minutes creating a few playlists centered around common emotional themes - a happy, energetic playlist, a pea