Music can be used to lower your stress levels and improve your mood, but do you have time for music?
If you’re always busy you probably think you don’t have time to sit down and listen to music. You probably forget about music because you’re so distracted by your busy life. If you live according to a planner and schedule everything, it’s time to schedule music as a complementary activity.
You don’t need to take time out to benefit from music. You can simply add it into other activities.
Like to run on a treadmill or a walk outside? Then you can use headphones to listen to music at the same time.
If you’re preparing a meal in your kitchen remember to turn on some music to help you relax. If you’re meal prepping for the week this is a great time to use music because you get a longer time to enjoy several different types of music.
You can even add music to your morning routine. Do you apply makeup or shave in the morning before going to work? Try adding music to your bathroom. You can even listen while to your favorite tunes while you’re in the shower. If you get a waterproof speaker this makes it more enjoyable.
When you take time during your day to practice meditation you can add music to enhance the experience. And if you need help to get to sleep at night try using classical or slow tempo music to help you relax and drift off to sleep.
If you work at a desk during the day use headphones to add music. As long as your boss is happy to see that you’re still concentrating on your work, you should be able to use music at work.
When you’re working while listening to music it’s often better to choose instrumental music only. By not having lyrics you remove the distraction that the words offer. Some workplaces encourage the use of music during work hours, especially in open offices where other distractions are frequent and the noise level from other people can become extremely loud. Noise cancelling headphones are useful in these situations.
If you like to start your day with affirmations this is a great time to incorporate music. By saying positive or calming affirmations while listening to music you’re helping your mind to concentrate by blocking out other sounds and distractions. If you always say specific affirmations while listening to one particular piece of music you can build an association with it. Then if you want to experience the same feelings you get when you say the affirmation, you can get it by listening to the same music at other times of the day.