16 Jun Six Ways Music Can Boost Your Mood
There are so many great benefits to listening to music from improving our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, music has the power to transport our emotions and mood whilst enhancing our productivity and helping us sleep better. Music is free and easy to access, making it a convenient thing to incorporate into your daily routine. Here are six ways music can boost your mood, so why not give it a go.
1. Supporting concentration
With a lot of people now working from home we can miss the subtle background sounds that keep us motivated at work. Recreate that thriving, active workplace atmosphere to prevent your mind from wondering. Pick a track with minimal lyrics so you don’t get distracted but helps fill the room with an energising buzz to keep you concentrating the whole day through.
Recommended tracks: Try an instrumental track, or if you want vocals go with any album by Sigur Ros, while they do have lyrics, it’s with a made up language so your mind won’t wander. Explosions in the Sky.
2. Elevate mood
Take some time to create a playlist of your favourite upbeat songs that you can play when your energy or mood is low. Even just five minutes of dancing to some of your favourite tunes can encourage the release of endorphins, these happy chemicals can help get you out of a rut.
3.Take you back to a time and place
Music can be a great trigger for happy memories and is a great way to connect with a past event, person or time in your life. If you’re feeling nostalgic, music is an easy way to connect and engage with that time of your life. It’s also a great way of creating new memories, so consider making music part of your every day.
A playlist from your decade of choice can have you rushing back to a happy place.
4. Promote restful sleep
Listening to meditative music, such as nature sounds, soft instrumental and easy listening can help promote a good night’s sleep. Deliberately choosing something with a low tempo can help calm the nervous system, slow your breathing and lower your heart rate which will help your body to fall asleep easily and stay asleep for longer.
Try listening to Flutes of the Andes, rainforest or ocean sounds or download a meditation app.
5. Energise, boost motivation
Upbeat music is a great way to boost your endorphins, accelerate your energy levels, to get moving and complete tasks you may have been avoiding. Pick a track with high beats per minute for an instant energy boost to help kick start your motivation or finally go on that afternoon run. Faster paced music can increase your heart rate and get the blood and body pumping ready to tackle whatever the day brings!
Flume, The Difference will definitely get your heart pumping.
6. Processing emotions
Connecting with music and their lyrics is a great way of working through our emotions and can make us feel less alone. Sad music can help us process a tough time like a break up or the loss of a loved one. On the other hand, up beat music can give us the boost we need to feel hopeful and promote positive wellbeing. Make a playlist to support you through the highs and lows.