Music. Everyone listens to it. But of course, you cannot pop your headphones in, sit somewhere idle and block the world out. Of course, that is one option, and some people prefer to do that too, but if you are not one of those people, then sitting idle in a corner with music blasting through your ears may not be as relaxing as you think.
Hence, doing something while listening to your favorite tunes may be the thing for you. Choose from household chores, working out, cooking, or studying to find your jam.
Things To Do While Listening To Music
Music is a powerful phenomenon. A passion, a hobby, a coping mechanism, serenity; music is all that.
It harnesses different emotions from person to person and acts as a driving force to indulge us in different activities by fueling our motivations and inspirations.
You may tap a song on your playlist and the moment your ears register the melody, you may either close your eyes and enjoy the sound, or you may remember a task that you could be doing. Be it dancing your limbs off or giving your pet a bath, it all depends.
Here’s a list of things you can do while listening to music. Even if you dislike a few of them, accompanied with music, everything seems better!
Kick some household chores off of your list
We can all mutually agree on the fact that no one looks forward to house-cleaning. As uninteresting and boring the tasks of vacuuming the house or dusting off the windows seem, if you listen to music through the chores you’ll be done in no time.
Music tends to deviate your mind from all the sulky thoughts that invade your head-space and slow down the process by making you feel tired and unmotivated. It enlightens your mood, making everything seem easier and less of a burden.
So the next time you seem to be procrastinating in attempts to ignore the huge pile of unfolded laundry, or the mountain of dirty dishes in the sink, popping your headphones in your ears or blasting some refreshing tunes through your speakers may be just the trick for you.
Work or Study…or maybe both?
You can find hundreds and thousands of musical playlists all over the internet dedicated to the very task of studying or working, proving that music indeed makes your working time more enjoyable and less hectic. And if you get deeper into it, you will find out that listening to music while working or studying increases your concentration. Why?
This is because music has the ability to create an aura similar to its genre. Calm and lo-fi music is generally played while jotting down some official notes or memorizing your school work. Of course, if you plan to listen to rock and roll while making notes for class, then you might just end up dancing on your chair instead of getting any work done whatsoever.
Many people find themselves stressed out while they are preparing to take that big test and are recommended by their professors to listen to some music because it helps activate the left and right side of your brain, boosting up your learning ability.
You may find the heap of work intimidating and demotivating, but behold! music can help you to calm down by decreasing your anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure.
However, there are always two sides to a coin. For some, listening to music while studying may be a distraction instead. If you are someone who has a low concentration span, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Feel free to skip this point and hop on to the next.
Make your way to the kitchen and stir up some appetizing meals
For those of you folks who enjoy it, cooking itself acts as a stress reliever.
Even if this case doesn’t resonate with you, it is assured that you won’t mind listening to your favorite playlist while cutting some veggies or inhaling the delicious aroma of your handiwork.
Cooking just becomes more entertaining and fun while you sway your body to your favorite beat, entranced in a world of your own.
Next time you’re in the kitchen, give it a try!
Surf the internet
Had a tiring day? Need some time to yourself?
What’s better than a beautiful song playing while you scroll through your Instagram posts or reply to the lovely emails or messages meant to put a smile on your face?
Music will put you in a good mood while you connect to your dear ones or just have a good laugh going through your favorite memes. An instant stress buster!
Recreation and stress relief, all at once, sounds like a great deal!
Grab that yoga mat and do some meditation
Are you an early bird who likes to watch as the sun rises to its glory?
Do you find it the perfect time to appreciate the beauty of nature and ponder over your ambitions and purpose in life? Normally everyone enjoys fresh wind blowing onto their face, helping them to clear off their minds of all the junk thoughts, and start their day afresh.
Do you like watching the sunsets? As the sky bleeds into countless hues while darkness slowly envelopes every living thing, while you sip your favourite morning beverage and reflect over everything you accomplished throughout the day?
Having soft, soothing music playing near you while you meditate is a very refreshing process and is highly beneficial to your health.
The type of morning you have can make or break your day, so if you are one who seeks a good day ahead, then you should try meditation while some mellow music plays in the background.
You are at your gym and feel a lack of motivation. That is okay, completely normal. I myself often find myself in the pits of frustration if I do not feel like getting a workout in some day but definitely need to do it.
In such a case, nothing is better to motivate you than some loud bass music while you bust some sweat.
Listening to your favourite playlist while doing those burpees or excruciating jumping jacks can help excitement flow through your body and also boost your stamina and drive. It can help to distract your mind from the usual fatigue people feel while exercising.
With that thrilling burst of emotions, a person performs his routine with greater zeal and enthusiasm. So whether it be cardio, aerobics, or zumba, you can get your workout done in half the time with double the energy if you have the right kinda music playing in the background!
At the end of the day, we’ve got to thank music for maintaining a body shape we’re proud of.
Walk your dog
If only dogs could provide a good and interesting conversation while you walk them around the park, music won’t be an essential.
Unfortunately, while dogs may be your best friends, they lack in that field, so your music player is eager to accompany you and your thoughts while you walk around the park, smiling at children or handling your dog if it starts barking at something completely nonsensical to you.
Music also helps you motivate you to go for dog-walks. It is normal if you feel tired of the mundanity of it, but listening to new music everyday and relaxing while you walk your dog can prove to be a good driving force for you to get out of the house and go for a walk.
It’s a chance for you to discover new artists and styles. Pick a random playlist from an artist you’ve never heard of before the walk every day. Who knows? You may end up discovering gems and would have found a new Spotify playlist for yourself!
A mini-concert where you are the audience and the singer
If you like singing, harmonizing with the music playing will most definitely make you feel like you are on top of the world. It brings a sense of joy and accomplishment that we all deserve every day.
Singing along with the music in a carefree attitude helps to release tension and ease you physically and mentally. A person feels liberated when they put all their worries aside for some time and sing out their emotions without any care.
With the situation we have all been in since the past year, if you live alone, you may feel even more lonely. So blasting your favourite music on your speakers and singing along, acting all Harry Styles may prove to be fun and therapeutic for you, all while making you feel very less lonely.
Head to your garden and pot a plant
Gardening requires hard work but is relaxing in its own way.
If you love gardening, listening to your favorite songs while you trim the bushes and water your plants can help set up the perfect calming mood. Not just for you, but for your plants too! According to some solid research, music helps to stimulate plant cells which makes nutrients run up the plants quicker and easier. This means that your plant can actually grow faster and be healthier if you put up a mini concert for it everyday.
Apart from that,it helps distract your mind from the stressing thought of just getting the job done and allows you to enjoy the therapeutic task. You end up staying longer outside, surrounded by nature that not only relieves stress but is also very healthy.
Creativity has no bounds. Whether you’re bringing to life a beautiful painting, writing the next chapter of your story or even creating a song, listening to the music you love is a huge chunk of inspiration.
It helps ideas burst into your mind, helps you think outside the box. Music triggers emotions, so whatever you create while listening to music is a product of your raw emotions, making it more impactful.
Your mood stays pleasant and you’re pumped to spill out all your emotions while being soaked in the serene musical aura.
If you are someone who’s into gaming then there is no better way to make your day and game better than listening to music while playing your favorite game.
It will make the experience far more energetic and lively by lifting your spirits up and helping you stay focused.
Of course not every game is suitable for side-along music but in the end it all goes down to personal preferences.
Get some dance moves going
You may or may not consider yourself a dancer. No matter what the case, grooving your body to your favorite beats will lessen your fatigue and calm you down after a hectic day.
Either you can practice the choreography for your next dance class/show or you can just feel the rhythm and let your body do the task. It will help release some tension and will put you in a delightful mood. Those limbs need some liberation too!
Are you driving home after a long tiring day? Or are you going out for a long drive to spend time with yourself or friends? Having some music playing in the car can help set up the joyful mood and relaxing mood.
Singing along with your friends (pr alone) on the top of your lungs is undoubtedly thrilling. Music also helps us stay focused and according to studies, a person gives a better driving performance when listening to music. But be careful, banging your head to the beat while you’re driving can also get a bit distracting. We do not want you banging your car against something though.
Daydream all your heart desires
sit idle and let the music drown you option. Exploring and discovering the wildest bits of your imaginations stretching from isolated walks in a forbidden forest hand in hand with your lover to getting your first Hogwarts letter. Close your eyes and live it all while listening to some music, sounds magical.
It can help you get your thoughts together and organize them so you can achieve mental clarity before hopping onto your next task. Say goodbye to frustration and restlessness.
Get your Zzzz in
When tiredness is oozing out of every inch of your body but your anxiety stricken eyes can’t find relief, listening to some calming music may help to soothe your senses for a while, allowing you to sway into a harmless slumber.
There are a countless number of sleep inducing music playlists all over the internet that have been put together just for this exact purpose and when it seems like tiredness will be the end of you, it is time to put some music on and let yourself fall to sleep.
Creating a soft musical environment before sleeping is enjoyable for almost everyone. And it can have good impacts on your sleep quality and length.
In conclusion, music may be something you might prefer listening to while relaxing in your bed but why not use it to make your everyday tasks more enjoyable and less demanding.
Soak up all the motivation and inspiration music radiates, work it up to tick off things from your to-do list and diminish all the extra, uninvited burden. Release some tension and motivate yourself to a healthier, less anxious routine.
Productiveness and recreation all in one? Sounds like a decent bargain to make!