Something near and dear to my heart and an intricate part of my daily routine is music!
Music can have a tremendous effect on our mental well-being and sense of balance.
Music is an art form that can invoke a wide range of emotions, touching the deepest part of our psyche and bringing back memories long forgotten.
When I am working during the day I have meditative music on which brings balance and calm to my daily routine. If I am feeling particularly stressed or drained I play something that is light and serene to bring me back to center and to help ground my thoughts. Just as when you exercise you choose music that has a good beat and fast tempo to help boost your motivation. I highly doubt that any of us would choose My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion to work through our leg routine and if you do you are… well let’s just say that’s an interesting approach.
You can add music to your daily routine for no cost to you. Applications such as Pandora and Spotify can be used at no cost. You can create your own stations using both apps and curtail them to your personality and character.
Choose music that will bring you calm and avoid music that will make you anxious and jittery.
I like to use movie soundtracks such as the Last of the Mohicans, Gladiator, Interstellar, etc. to balance, ground and motivate me through the day. I challenge you to do the same. I hope you will be amazed at how effective it will be on your stress level during the day.
The Takeaway: If you don’t have an account with Spotify or Pandora, set one up. (If you want to use your own music, make yourself a playlist). Make yourself a station specifically for your day; at work, cleaning the house, driving in traffic… where-ever you are during the day where you feel your anxiety start to rise. Start listening to music. (You may need headphones for a work environment). If it’s not possible to do this at work, listen to your station/playlist to and from work and on your lunch break to get you in the right mindset. At the end of the day think back and take note on how/if your day was positively impacted.