Using your ears to calm your nerves

When was the last time you relied on your sense of hearing to interpret the world around you? Close your eyes and listen. Just listen.  Notice what you hear. Notice how you feel just listening.

What we hear impacts our mood.  In fact, recent research has found that the sounds in our environment have a direct impact on our nervous and cardiovascular systems.  Listening to nature sounds or sound bowls, for example, can induce relaxation and calm anxiety.  Thanks to YouTube and the generosity of many artists, we can engage in these practices anywhere and anytime at no cost.

Singing bowls

I have used the YouTube video below to fall asleep and help me return to sleep when I wake in the middle of the night.  Tibetan singing bowl sounds have been found to improve heart rate variability and self-reported anxiety as well as increase alpha brain waves which are present when we are relaxed and aware.


Nature Sounds

I have used the YouTube video below when feeling overwhelmed or stressed at work.  If I can take even 5-minutes to close my eyes, listen, and immerse my brain in the woods, I return to work refreshed and renewed.  Listening to nature sounds with the eyes closed for 3 minutes has been found to improve oxygen blood levels, heart rate, and feelings of comfort and relaxation.



We can use our ears and sense of hearing to optimize our health and well-being in as little as 3 minutes a day.  While there are many options you can try, singing bowls and nature sounds can be easily accessed online and might be worth a try!


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Reference links

Relaxation response induced by Tibetan singing bowls

Sound healing for mood and emotions

The healing power of sound

Effects of nature sounds on relaxation




Dr. Ruthann Russo

I love assisting people on their hero’s journey towards self-transformation. A passion which is born comes partly from personal experience – I view my own life as a series of self-transformations. I have 20+ years of education, training and experience, including being the CEO and founder of two health technology start-ups and global wellness consultant to Fortune 100 corporations.

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