Music Can Improve Your Mood
For me, it’s kind of impossible to feel sad when my fave’s music is playing. And there’s a scientific reason for it. When you’re in a bad mood and you want to listen to something that matches, it can feel super cathartic. But then if the shuffle plays something you love that’s a little more upbeat next, you may feel that sadness slipping away. This is a mood-boosting tool called the iso-principle, which shows that slowly introducing happier music can have a positive impact on your overall emotional state. So, next time you’re down in the dumps, make the conscious decision to play happier music and see what effect it has on you. It can’t hurt to try, right?
Music Can Reduce Stress and Help You Relax
Meditation and yoga anyone? I can’t explain to you how much more at peace I feel when I can sneak in a quick daily meditation or pack up my favorite yoga outfit in my Half Pint Mini Backpack and head to a yoga class. And what do both of these things have in common? The calming, meditative music! In fact, studies show that the rhythm of this kind of music can reduce stress by slowing your heart rate, which can help you relax and help you recover quicker from a stressor in the future. If like me, stress has an impact on your psyche, consider a rhythmic playlist to help mellow you out.
Music Can Help You Sleep Better
Whenever I’m not feeling my best, I often look at the night’s sleep before and wouldn’t you know it—my FitBit tells me I slept terribly. Insomnia impacts people of all ages, and also has a direct impact on your mental health. Thankfully, there’s a musical solve for this, too! One study found that students who listened to music at bedtime had a significant improvement in the quality of sleep over those who listened to nothing. I lean more towards audiobooks myself, but listening to something to help you drift off is a great way to help guarantee you’ll wake up feeling that bit fresher.
Music Can Improve Your Concentration and Improve Productivity
Sometimes, you’ll have deadlines to meet when all you really want to do is lay in bed. But the stress of having to meet those deadlines often made me feel worse. When I was in college and felt this way, I found that blasting some dance music for a few minutes helped get me hyped to tackle the work. But what helped me complete it? Playing lyric-less music at a low volume in the background as I worked. Turns out that choosing the right music, at the right time, for the right task, can have a significant impact on your productivity. Play around with this to see what works for you and when—you won’t know ‘til you try.
Music Can Improve Your Memory
Are you ever just minding your own business, when all of a sudden a jingle you learned in the fifth grade comes into your mind, uninvited? Once again, music shows its power through helping with memory. Indeed, a tune can not only help with recovering lost memories, but can help us establish new ones, too.
If you’re ever feeling a little disconnected, pack a picnic in the Big Break Lunch Bag, head to the park and play a song from your childhood—or learn a new one—to help you feel more grounded in the moment.