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Going to Live Concerts Linked With Lower Stress Levels, Study Shows

According to a study from the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London, going to concerts can actually reduce anxiety.
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By Brittney McNamara for Teen Vogue.

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We know life can be stressful, especially in the modern age. If you're into music, you probably already know that listening to it can be actually be calming, but now we've got some even better news for you.

According to a study from the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London, going to concerts can actually reduce anxiety.

The study looked at how live music affects hormones that run higher when you're anxious, like cortisone, cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, and testosterone. Though more than 20 studies had looked at how listening to recorded music can lower stress responses, the study's authors said none had included live music in the mix.

What the study found is that after attending concerts by composer Eric Whitacre, two separate groups of concertgoers experienced significant decreases in cortisone and cortisol. Those decreases, the study concludes, mean that attending live performances leads to a reduction in stress.

"These results are in line with 22 previous studies showing that listening to music in the controlled setting of either a laboratory or a hospital can reduce cortisol levels," the study says. "However, this study has extended previous results."

If you're feeling the heat from work or school this season, concerts aren't the only way to escape stress. Petting a dog, taking a nap, and getting some exercise are all scientifically proven to lower stress.

Try hitting an animal shelter with your friends to hang out with some furry friends. Studies show even if you don't have a pet, just being in the presence of an animal can lower stress.

Exercise is particularly good for you because not only does it boost endorphins and lower stress, it can also improve your confidence and even make your skin look better.

If music is your thing, though, you can now say that going to see your favorite band live is good for your health.