An article from Men’s Health takes a look at the power of what music can do for your health. One of the studies included suggests that listening to calming music before a stressful event can help prevent you from getting worked up:
An Australian study found that music (specifically, Pachelbel’s Canon in D) prevented stress-related reactions–spikes in heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels–in people preparing for an oral presentation. Those who prepared in silence had significant increases in all measures.
And in a study that proves you really should play Rock Band at work, researches found that people who participated in a drumming session experienced an improvement in mood:
A recent study found that when staffers in a high-burnout industry participated in drumming sessions, they experienced a 50 percent improvement in mood that continued for at least 6 weeks. The people in this study also reported a decrease in fatigue, anxiety, and depression.