Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlists
The end of the school year is quickly approaching, which means lots of tests, final projects, and changes in routine and schedules. This time of year can cause high-stress levels, and it can be difficult to find effective ways of coping with this stress. Music is a wonderful tool for helping to decrease stress levels by calming your nervous system.
- Music can help to lower your heart rate and cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
- Music can release endorphins (the mood-boosting hormone)
- Music can serve as a healthy distraction from mental stress
- Music can help you remain present and grounded
One of our music therapists has put together two playlists of some of her favorite relaxing music for children. You can find links to the playlists, along with suggestions for how to use them, below. If you are interested in learning more about how music can support your child’s well-being, contact any of our clinic locations to learn more about music therapy services!
Relaxation – Lyrics/Movement/Meditations:
- This playlist contains 2 hours of calming music with lyrics, movement directions, or guided meditations for kids.
- This may be a good fit for children who need more auditory input to focus on when calming down
- These songs are great for pairing with mindfulness techniques – such as movement, or focusing on different parts of the songs (What do the lyrics say? What instruments do you hear? Is this song fast or slow? Is it loud or soft?)
- Other ideas for times to use this playlist:
- When preparing for a situation that may cause stress or anxiety, such as homework or a test
- In the car before or after school
- While winding down for bed
- Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC, has a great blog post related to using new/unfamiliar relaxing music with children. Check it out here!
Relaxation – Instrumental:
- This playlist contains 2 hours of calming, instrumental music. Most songs focus on drums, ambient sounds, nature sounds, etc.
- This may be a good fit for children who may be overstimulated by music with lyrics when trying to relax.
- We recommend pairing this playlist with a swing if you have access to one!
- These songs are great to listen to while practicing grounding techniques – such as taking deep breaths, movement or stretching, repeating positive affirmations, etc.
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