Music. It’s everywhere. We hear music playing in just about every facet of our lives. But did you know that music is actually therapeutic?
Music has been shown to improve your mental well-being in various ways. It can help you to regulate your emotions. Music can also bring happiness and relaxation into the chaos of your everyday life.
Listening to music causes your brain to produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel pleasure. This increase in dopamine can improve your mood, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety. Music can also help to improve focus and increase cognitive performance.
Music is an instrument that can be used to improve many of the activities you already do in your daily life, such as cooking, studying, and working out.
With all that said, let’s cover a few of the things you can do while listening to music!
Activities That Can Be Improved While Listening to Music
Music is a powerful force. For many, it is a passion, a pursuit, a coping tool, and a source of peace.
It harnesses various emotions from person to person. It acts as a motivational force to engage us in various activities by fueling our desires and inspirations.
Here is a shortlist of some of the activities that you can do while listening to music. Even if you absolutely despise some of them, everything seems to improve when they are accompanied by music!
We can all agree that no one looks forward to household chores. Vacuuming the house or dusting the windows may appear uninteresting. Still, if you listen to music while doing them, you’ll be finished in no time.
Music can divert your attention away from all of the grumpy thoughts that invade your mind and slow down the process by making you feel tired and unengaged. It brightens your mood, making everything seem less difficult and burdensome.
So, the next time that you find yourself stalling in an attempt to ignore the massive pile of unfolded laundry or the mountain of dirty plates in the sink, pop your headphones in your ears or blast some inspiring melodies through your speakers.
Many people are stressed out as they prepare to take that major test. Did you know that some professors recommend listening to music?
According to multiple studies, listening to music positively affects your body and mind. When you listen to music, you activate both hemispheres of your brain simultaneously. When both sides of your brain are activated, you maximize your learning capacity while improving your memory. Music can also help you focus better while studying!
Listening to music while studying is a simple way to relieve stress. Music has been shown to help lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, listen to your favorite song to help relax your mind while you study.
Hitting the Gym
Have you ever found yourself unable to exercise while listening to music? (I doubt it!) Music can improve the effectiveness of your workouts! It can boost your motivation and stamina while also elevating your mood. You will be able to exercise for a more extended period if you listen to your favorite music.
Research has shown that music can help us forget about our fatigue when we exercise. Music can also boost your motivation to exercise. According to research, there are connections between your motor neurons and your auditory neurons.
Because what you listen to affects your brain and body, listening to your favorite playlist while hitting the gym is a good idea.
Walking Your Furry Friend
Do you have a dog? Why not put on your headphones the next time you take your dog for a walk? Many music streaming services even have dog-walking playlists!
Listening to music while walking your dog is a simple way to unwind, and the music will keep you motivated to take longer walks. This is also a great way to discover new artists. If you make it a goal to listen to one new artist every time you take your dog for a walk, you’ll have a completely new playlist by the end of the week. Listening to fast-paced tracks with a high BPM (beats per minute) will give you and your dog quite a workout!
You simply want to ensure that the volume is low enough to hear what is happening around you. You definitely don’t want your love of tunes to end up causing an accident!
Tapping Into Your Inner Artist
Creating a masterpiece requires a lot of focus and patience; your brain and hands must be steady and concentrated, which is why music and art go hand in hand!
According to many studies, music without lyrics may be best for any artistic endeavor because lyrics can distract some people. Some people prefer to listen to a few songs on repeat rather than a wide variety of music because rotating through a preset list of songs can cause less distraction than if a new tune pops up.
Creating art can be a painstaking process, so having music on in the background helps to reduce any background noise and breaks up the silence. Working in a too-quiet environment can cause the brain to become overly attentive, making you more prone to errors or slowing down your work speed as you overthink what you’re creating.
Art takes time and patience, and the more time you devote to a piece, the better it will usually turn out. Music allows you to focus solely on your work without being distracted by outside disruptions.
Hitting the Highway
Nothing beats an enjoyable drive while listening to your favorite music. It can be calming and help you focus solely on the route. Have you ever wanted to know why this is the case?
Music has been shown in studies to positively impact your mood, and as a result, it promotes better driving. When drivers listen to music, they are far less likely to experience road rage. It has also been demonstrated that listening to music while driving improves performance in high-demand scenarios such as lane narrowing or the sudden need to brake. The music keeps your mind from wandering and helps you stay focused.
Ending Your Day
Nothing beats a relaxing soak after a long, hard day, and when you add music to the mix, it takes it to a whole new level. Music will soothe your mind and allow you to focus on relaxing rather than on all of your worries collected throughout the day. Music can also improve your mood, so you’ll leave the tub feeling wholly refreshed in addition to being fresh and clean!
The Last Note
Listening to music is enjoyable and relaxing, and research suggests that it has numerous health benefits. Music not only provides a lot of enjoyment, but it also has a lot of psychological benefits. Everything improves when there is music playing! Whether it’s setting new gym goals, cleaning your house, taking your dog for a walk, or going for a drive. If you add a little music to any activity, it will improve it.
Begin by adding your favorite songs to some of your least favorite tasks, and we guarantee that you’ll enjoy them more!
Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.