Tune in to Relaxation

Physician's Money Digest, February15 2005, Volume 12, Issue 3

Physician's Money Digest

The Mozart Effect

A recent poll found morethan 50% of readers reported "high" levels of stress. Toavoid burnout, take time to relax and recharge. Recentstudies have come up with a different and surprising prescriptionto avoid burnout—take a dose of Mozart.According to Don Campbell, author of (www.mozarteffect.com), listening to snatches ofWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) during the daycan revive your spirits and boost your productivity.

Why Mozart? Because it's better for your mind thanpop music. Mozart's music is well organized, Campbellsays, which helps you compose your thoughts as you listen.Mozart is regarded as the most universal composerin the history of Western music—excelling in every mediumcurrent in his time. Using his music today can put youon the path to well-being:

• Instead of a coffee break, a 10- to 15-minute sessionwith Mozart can give you the boost you need.

• Burnout looms large in every doctor's day, especiallyaround mid-afternoon. Mozart can help youover the rough spots.

• During the morning drive to your office or theevening trip home, Mozart can help prep you for yourday or help you wind down. Try 15 minutes of Mozartafter you get home, too, instead of turning on theevening news.

Here are some specific pieces and how to use them:

To calm down:

Sonata for Piano and Violin

in C Major

Piano Concerto #21

in C Major

Listen to , 2nd movement, or the , 4th movement.

To focus your mind:

Serenade #13 in G

Major (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

Violin Concerto #3 in G Major

Listen to , 4th movement, or, 1st movement.

For problem-solving:

German Dances

#12 in C Major

Piano Concerto #1 in D Major

Try listening to or .