Is Music better at reducing stress than quilting?

What are your stress reducing strategies? This article caught my eye about the very subject. In the article they claimed that  you could reduce your anxiety by 65% by listening to this music. Take a listen.

How did you feel after listening to that piece? I personally found it to be super aggravating. I tried it twice, several hours apart, with the same result.

There are pieces of music which I do find soothing. When I do yoga, my teacher plays splendid background songs. Certain songs also perk me up, especially the music of my youth.

But this piece has the opposite effect. I could not wait for it to be turned off. It grated on my nerves and I would never use it as a stress reducing agent.

These are other activities I would choose to do instead.

  1. Quilting
  2. Eat chocolate
  3. Sewing
  4. Writing
  5. Cut out fabric
  6. Call a friend
  7. Shop for fabric
  8. Do the work that is stressing me out.
  9. Remove the person who is stressing me from my life.
  10. Sewing some more.
  11. Quilting a lot more.
  12. Waste time on the internet/Facebook
  13. Watch a good movie
  14. Read
  15. Drink hot tea

You may have noticed I mentioned quilting and sewing quite a few times. It’s because scientific studies show that doing hand work in crafting does indeed reduce stress. In addition, it is mentioned anecdotally in many quilt articles like this one.quilting-time

A huge cause of stress is the loss of a loved one, grief is very stressful and many times quilting helps a person deal with loss. The AIDS quilt comes to mind as well as memorial quilts. In fact, this article talks at length about memorial quilts.

In my own life, I have created quilts to help me deal with certain losses. Not only does the creation of them reduce stress but viewing them in the future does as well. I think many arts could accomplish this same result.

Victor Hugo created poems after his daughter’s death. Eric Clapton wrote the song “Tears in Heaven” after his son perished. Sculptures and painting abound and can be found in this article which have helped artists process death or stress.

If you are reading my blog, you are probably a needle person. Next time you feel stressed, I suggest you sew, quilt or knit. You can listen to some tech crafted music instead but don’t expect the same level of stress reduction.

Not to mention, no beautiful projects at the end!

Sew happy!

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I wrote about quilting as stress relief several years ago. You can read it here.

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