Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the increasing demands of life for a person suffering from Kidney Disease, and while some stress is good, a person with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) cannot stay in a perpetual state of stress and suffer the significant health ramifications of it. The result can be a range of problems from mental fogginess to autoimmune disease flare-ups to heart disease, which is why stress management is important.
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While life with CKD can be extremely stressful, and is unavoidable, music is a great way to cope with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. We all agree that music is a wonderful and beautiful thing! It has the indescribable power to capture our emotions, thoughts, and feelings by putting them into melodies and lyrics. Songs have the ability to bring tears to our eyes, a smile upon our face, and heal our broken hearts. Studies show that music is an effective stress-management tool. Listening to music has both physiological and psychological benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, calming nerves, and reducing the level of stress hormones.
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We at KidneyBuzz.com agree with the famous Composer and Musician, Billy Joel, who said, “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.”
When you feel as though you’ve reached a breaking point, music can help you get through the tough times. Try picking one song you really love, and to which you feel connected. When you find yourself stressed out, play that song to help calm your nerves and relax you.
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KidneyBuzz.com would like to know what songs have assisted you in getting through stressful events? Here are some of our top choices.
- If I Could by Regina Belle
- Summertime by George Gershwin
- By Your Side by Sade
- Reaching Down Inside by Frankie Beverly
- My Way by Frank Sinatra
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