This week has been particularly hectic–boy, am I frazzled and in dire need of relaxing music.

So far this week, it’s been jury duty (and getting selected for a high profile case), field trips, candidate interviews (for my boss’s replacement), and flying to Mars (ok, just kidding on the last one).

Need I say more? Oh, wait, being short-staffed at work the past two weeks!

Ultimate Guide to Relaxing Music

Ultimate Guide to Relaxing Music

After a stressful day, no, make that week, I need to reclaim my zen with some calming music! To that end, I’ve put together an ultimate guide to relaxing music acessible on YouTube.

Relaxing Music

This list of 21 songs and compilations includes longtime favorites that have buoyed me through parenthood and juggling competing commitments, notably stressful work environments. (For example, I discovered Café del Mar chillout mixes while working for Bloomberg.)

In dire need of sleep relaxation music? Debussy (see #11 below) was my go-to music when trying to coax my (no longer!) babies to sleep.

Need help concentrating on work or relaxing studying music? I find that Japanese koto music really helps me focus (see #10, Nanae Yoshimura’s The Art of the Koto, Vol. 2: From Yatsuhashi to Miyagi below, or on Amazon).

Other selections I discovered when compiling this list to share with you! I’ve curated a list of  relaxation music from around the globe to help you in the quest to regain a sense of inner peace.

When you get tired of reading your book poolside or while you’re lying on the beach this summer, just sit back and savor my selection of the best relaxing music.

Relax & Rejuvenate

Or, if you happen to be stuck in traffic, turn on the music for an instant stress buster!

Speaking of stress busters, if you’re interested in learing more about the health benefits of relaxation music, please read this guest post.

Warning: Listening may relax you so much that you fall asleep.

  1. Relaxing Music for Stress Relief, Meditation Music for Yoga, Healing Music for Massage, Soothing Spa 
  2. Café del Mar’s Beautiful Ibiza Beach Lounge Chillout Mix
  3. Tangerine Dream’s Love on a Real Train {Note: Sounds familiar? Part of the soundtrack for the movie, Risky Business.}
  4. Brian Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.
  5. Enya Greatest Hits
  6. Gingko Garden, Blossoms from India
  7. Santorini Relaxing Chill-Out Luxury Lounge
  8. Ravi Shankar, Chants of India
  9. 2 Hour Shamanic Tibetan Meditation
  10. Nanae Yoshimura, The Art of Koto, Vol. 2
  11. Best of Debussy
  12. Erik Satie, The Essential Collection
  13. Baroque Adiagos- For Relaxing
  14. Music of the Orient – “Arabic” Relax and Chill Out Music
  15. Arabian Music – City by the Sea, Ambient Arabian Desert Music
  16. Spanish Guitar
  17. Eric Serra – Le Grand Bleu
  18. Stunning Aquarium and Best Relax Music (2 Hours Sleep Music)
  19. Brian Eno – Ambient 1 – Music for Airports
  20. Gabor Szabo – Dreams (1968)
  21. Persian and Armenian Music

What relaxing music would you add to this list? Which of the above did you enjoy the most?

Please share in the comments section below! Happy listening!

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