Music can be a soothing influence to improve your mood, it can be a major ingredient to discovering all you can be. But, you have to choose your playlist wisely.
Tips to select music for... relaxing, falling asleep, waking up and planning.
Relaxing: most people believe that slow tempo music is best for relaxation, however that may not be true for you. “The most relaxing tempo for you will be the one that’s in sync with your brain waves” according to Galina Mindlin, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University.
Keep a list of songs that seem to calm you and with which you have an emotional connection, then use the website TempoTap.com to determine their beats per minute (BPM) or enter the song title and “BPM” in a search engine. If many songs on your list have similar BPM, that's probably the tempo that’s in sync with your brain waves. Enter that number, “BPM” and “songs” into a search engine to turn up additional options for your personal relaxation playlist.
Falling asleep: People tend to put on very slow, calm songs when they want to sleep. It’s more effective to start with music that matches the current pace of your mind, then ease your way into slower music. So paradoxically, the first song you listen to when you want to calm down from a hectic day might have a tempo of 100 BPM or more. The calm songs should come later. Examples:Slow-paced songs for the final minutes before sleep include The Tokens’ The Lion Sleeps Tonight(61 BPM)…Etta James’s At Last (60 BPM)…and Ray Charles’s Georgia on My Mind (64 BPM).
Waking up: Songs with a relatively fast tempo—upward of 100 BPM—can help our minds get into gear in the morning. Examples: I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred (120 BPM) and Seaside Rendezvousby Queen (168 BPM). Calypso and Soca music classic Hot Hot Hot by Arrow (120 BPM) see a throwback video of Caiso covering Hot Hot Hot here
Getting out a bad mood, while planning an event: The very best mood boosters are songs that transport us back to a happy place and time in our life. What songs did you dance to at your wedding? What songs were on the radio or on your turntable during the happiest year of your life?
So, if you want to take good care of yourself refresh your playlist with this tips. You will feel better!
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