Weekend stress relief

Wishful Thinking Works: Create the life you really want

Feeling stressed? You can find relief this weekend by lying down, breathing deeply, and listening to an hour of relaxing music. This 2013 HealthDay News story notes that listening to music may be as positive a mood enhancer as getting a massage . . . and it’s much less expensive.

A new study shows that patients, on average, had half the symptoms of anxiety three months after getting a series of 10 [one] hour-long massages. But researchers were surprised to find that massages didn’t reduce anxiety anymore than lying down and listening to enjoyable music.

“We were surprised to find that the benefits of massage were no greater than those of the same number of sessions of … listening to relaxing music,” Karen J. Sherman, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, said in a news release from the institute. “This suggests that the benefits of massage may be due to a…

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