Improve your state of mind and energy through music

If you commute you will have experienced noise pollution. Radios blaring, traffic, cars emitting unwanted music from massive speakers, ipods (not yours) popping and thumping. You arrive for an important meeting already stressed from the journey.

We live in a noise invasive culture and our brains consume considerable energy in being forced to listen and trying to ignore the sounds we are bombarded with. It’s no wonder that the first thing we seek in order to de-stress is either piece and quiet or music of our choice. The success of classic FM has been perceived as meeting a need for people to unwind through music, and the recent popularity of the “Birdsong” station on digital radio attests to this as well. If you’ve not heard it try it – it does what it says on the tin, by continuously playing birdsong.

It was Pete Seeger, the American folk musician who said – “It’s not whether music is good, it’s what is it good for”.  Music can enhance mood; boost energy, calm fractious nerves and much more. It has a direct physiological effect as well, in raising or lowering heartbeat and blood pressure as just two examples.

The music we listen to literally “tunes” us to its rhythm, frequency and mood in ways that are only just beginning to be understood.  So how about making more conscious use of music – not just in selecting music to match how you feel, but in selecting music to promote the energy, feeling and state of mind you need.

Many will have experienced this – you put on music to get yourself in the mood for a party for example. Even if you don’t feel like a party a few tracks of the right music can change your mind.

But how about other choices. What about selecting music to inspire and invigorate yourself before leading a team meeting? Or giving an important presentation? How about preparing to do your accounts or a complex left-brain task by listening to Mozart – making use of the well-documented affect that Mozart’s music has on spatial awareness, and cognitive skills. How about boosting your confidence before putting a difficult issue across to your boss by listening to Beethoven, or enhancing your wit and versatility listening to some Irish music?

Give it a go; if nothing else, you’ll have fun

 

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