I love music and I know most people feel the same way. I like to find fun ways to use music in my life, not just for entertainment, but for more important things like inspiration, relaxation and focus.
Inspired by Music
If I feel the urge to exercise, which does happen on occasion, Iíll grab my MP3 player and crank up the tunes. I want music with a steady beat and powerful, uplifting lyrics. In fact, Iíve made a ďWork OutĒ playlist with every inspirational song I can find. That way, when Iím running or hiking, I can move to the fast beat of the music and Iíll also be pumped up and inspired by the tempo and lyrics of the song. My favorites are songs that make women out to be powerful and beautiful.
If a song makes me want to sing and move, then it makes it onto my Workout playlist. I use the playlist when Iím actually working out and sometimes just to try and inspire me to workout. Itís hard to sit still and veg out when you have the Rocky theme song in your head. I might not become inspired to run up hundreds of stairs, but I can probably drag myself around the block a few times to get the blood moving.
Relaxing with Music
Music is also extremely relaxing. I read an article once that dealt with music and relaxing. It seems that the best way to relax with some tunes is not to play the slow melodies and classical. If youíre had a rough day, you should match your mood with the tunes. This might mean blaring rock for ten minutes or so to help you burn off some of that aggression and stress. Then, when your mood is more pleasant, you should move on to the rock ballads while you catch your breath. Finally, finish with the classical or slow songs to work you into a truly mellow mood.
Music for Focus
You can use music to help you focus as well. Iím a person who does well in silence, especially when writing or taking a test, but I have so many friends who almost deconstruct if they have to sit in silence. Silence, especially in a classroom, is rarely actually silent. There are chairs squeaking, florescent lights humming, windows rattling, people coughing, pencils tapping and noses sniffing. If you are easily distracted or have a serious distraction problem like ADD or ADHD, these little sounds can drive you almost insane. The non-silence keeps you from focusing on the material at hand.
Not only that, but Iím of the mind that we are so used to having music and noise that sitting in silence makes it harder to concentrate. Iím used to noise around me, and when Iím taking a test or studying, I should still have that same noise. Playing music, especially something without lyrics, is a great way to block all the little noises while giving me something in the background to fill that empty space in my head. Since Iím suddenly in the same conditions Iím usually in, my test apprehension leaves, and Iím able to focus and perform even better thanks to my background music.