music can relieve stress
Select the right tracks to get you in the mood for driving
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IF you’re stressed by traffic conditions or frustrated while stuck in a jam, music can relieve stress and belting out a tune will help you concentrate better and make you calmer.

Listening or even singing along to different playlists could be used to make company car drivers feel more relaxed or increase their concentration when they feel stressed or fatigued.

That’s according to Chroma Therapies, a national provider of arts therapies, using music, drama and visual arts, who has compiled Spotify drivetime and relaxation playlists:

Drivetime singalong playlist includes:

  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Give it Up – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Gold Digger – Kanye West
  • Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
  • Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and the News

Relaxation playlist includes:

  • Memory Gospel – Moby
  • Adagio for Tron – Daft Punk
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Groove Armada
  • Tom’s Diner – Suzanne Vega
  • Emerald and Stone – Brian Eno

Daniel Thomas, managing director of Chroma, said: “Scientists have undertaken research showing that singing significantly improves psychological health and wellbeing as it engages the neurochemical systems responsible for reward, motivation, pleasure and stress.

“Singing along while driving will stimulate senses, get your diaphragm working and push oxygen to your brain. By increasing the level of oxygen, you’ll bring about chemical processes that affect you physiologically, bringing about a sense of relaxation

“In short, if you find yourself feeling stressed while driving, try putting on the playlist and singing along. It should put you in a better state of mind to drive calmly and can credibly be used as a risk management tool for SME small fleets.”

It was found that sometimes it was more beneficial to listen to music in order to improve your mood, get more motivated, or even support increased focus and concentration.

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