Spending 30 minutes a day listening to music and breathing slowly may help lower blood pressure, according to an Italian study released this year.

According to WebMD Health News, the study included 28 adults who were taking drugs to control their mild high blood pressure (hypertension). Study participants were asked to listen to a CD of classical, Celtic or Indian music for 30 minutes per day for a month and to breathe slowly while listening to the music, taking twice as long to exhale than to inhale. All of the CDs were said to have tunes with similar slow rhythms.

The study concluded that the adults who listened to music and practiced slow breathing had improved blood pressure by the end of the study, with their average systolic blood pressure dropping three points and their average diastolic blood pressure dropping four points.

The findings were presented at the American Society of Hypertension’s annual scientific meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

So, whether you have time in the morning, in between massage sessions or at the end of a long day, spending 30 minutes listening to relaxing music and breathing slowly will not only help balance your mind and body, it may help lower high blood pressure.

—Source: WebMD Health News