Have you ever noticed that your mood changes when you hear a song, you put the radio on or you listen to a playlist?
Listening to music can be uplifting, relaxing, and soothing. If you’re looking to boost your mood and protect and nourish your mental health and wellbeing, here are some tips to help you make the most of music.
5 tips to enjoy music more
Create playlists for different scenarios
There is a vast range of musical genres. While some tunes will automatically motivate us or increase energy levels, others will have the opposite effect and make us feel calm and mellow.
We go through a spectrum of emotions, and often, music can help us to express ourselves and alter our mood when we need cheering up or we feel stressed or fraught.
Creating playlists for different scenarios is a fantastic way to use music to lift your spirits or help you unwind if you need an energy boost or you want to slow down and recharge your batteries.
Make playlists with calming, serene music, as well as mixes with songs and tracks that will pick you up.
Discover new artists
The beauty of listening to music and taking an interest in the music scene is that it’s impossible to be aware of every artist. Every day can be a learning experience when you listen to music, read magazines, or watch interviews with artists on TV shows like Tavis Smiley PBS.
Be open-minded about listening to new music, take inspiration from shows, magazines, and blogs, and ask friends and relatives who are passionate about music to share ideas and recommendations. You’ll also find that some streaming services offer suggestions based on the songs or artists and bands you like.
Enjoy live music
Listening to live music provides a completely different experience to listening to tunes via headphones or tuning into the radio. Going to gigs, concerts and festivals are exhilarating and it can make a real difference to your mood.
Many people feel energized and uplifted when they’re dancing in a crowd and singing along to their favorite tracks, but concerts can also be relaxing. If you go to a candlelight recital or a classical concert, for example, you can kick back, soak up the ambiance and let the music soothe you.
One of the best ways to protect and improve mental health is by undertaking regular exercise. Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins and causes the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain to rise.
Exercising to music makes working out more fun and it can also motivate you and push you to work harder as the finish line approaches or you take on the final set, match, or game.
Listening to music is a brilliant way to boost your mood and nourish your mental health. Music can have an incredible impact on the way you feel, relaxing you when you’re stressed or you’ve had a busy day, or providing a lift when you’re down or feeling tired. Take these tips on board to use the power of music to make you feel good.