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Playing a musical instrument may cause less stress

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- Many people spend time during the holiday season wrapping presents, cooking, and writing Christmas cards. The holidays are a happy time but, also stressful.

Emilie Jorgensen has played the piano for twenty years now. From "Jingle Bells" to "Silent Night" it is safe to say Christmas is one of Emilie's favorite holidays.

"Singing around the piano with family and friends is the best ice breaker. When you have those crazy extended relatives over or a couple new people to all sit down and kind of make fools of yourself," said Jorgensen, piano sales consultant.

Research shows not just listening to music, but actually playing a musical instrument can help you be less stressed.

"What we find here at West Music is we find just overall a higher quality of life," said Jorgensen.

You don't necessarily have to be a professional. Some of today's musical technology lets even a novis play and sing along.

"Some of the new technology that's out there, not only can you sound good, but it will still lower your blood pressure, it will still lower your risk of cardio vascular disease, and it will help you retain your memory," said Jorgensen.

If the holiday blues can't be cured with music, health workers have a few more tips.

-Be realistic in your expectations. Don't promise more than you can do.

-Be true to yourself.

-Find a balance. Don't pretend to be someone you're not.

-Trust your instincts. Take notice how certain traditions make you feel.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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