Not Everything Is About Work

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Music, Exercise And Meditation

With so much pressure placed on us by modern-day society to earn money and make something out of yourself, it can become very stressful rather quickly. Before the coronavirus hit, most people can attest to the fact that they were running around like chickens with no heads, back and forth from home to work. Now that things have drastically slowed down due to social distancing, it’s time to unwind and appreciate relaxation.

Extremes are never good; social distancing is too much relaxation while working without a break is stressful and potentially harmful to your mental health. You have to learn to find the happy medium. Part of maintaining excellent mental health is learning how to efficiently relax during your down time; some people are awful at relaxing!

While relaxation is different for everybody, you don’t want to be the person who is awful at relaxing. These people find relaxation boring, often complaining that they have nothing to do. The problem is that when they go to work, they also complain that all they do is work and have no life; this is a self-dug hole.

What I like to do during my time off is listen to music. Something relaxing such as classical music or something exciting such as trance helps my mind disconnect from reality; believe me that it helps to do so! Music also sparks my dreams and feeds my ambitions and desires because it helps me imagine what I want and where I want to be in the near future. If music is not part of your relaxation, I highly suggest that you try incorporating it into your life.

Exercising is another great past time of mine when I have time off to relax. Something like running in the park or going to the gym to work out (when the gym used to be open) makes me feel good. Exercising helps reset your mind and makes you feel physically healthy; mentally, you feel refreshed and good about yourself. Definitely start exercising; this is a no brainer!

Lastly, I enjoy meditation. This is more challenging because it really takes a lot of strength and patience to completely relax and absolutely do nothing but just be. I don’t meditate for longer than 15-20 minutes at a time; it’s very difficult to do so. The key to meditation is that you want to prolong your sessions as much as you can; the longer the session, the deeper you can go within yourself. Meditation is something I recommend you start doing today!

What do you enjoy doing when you are relaxing?

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Using Music To Escape Reality

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Replacing Alcohol And Drugs With Music

The difference between drugs and other sources of pleasure is that drugs bring along a whole baggage of negativity which you constantly have to monitor for. Once has to obtain the money for the drug, get the drug itself, enter an appropriate state of mind to use the drug, hide the drug use from family and friends and attempt to function while maintaining a relationship with the drug. But did you know that you can utilize music to escape reality?

With music, it’s a much simpler process which can be enjoyed anywhere and at anytime. But drugs are much more complex and people easily lose control of their drug use. Many people use alcohol and drugs to escape their reality:

  • Dealing with an eating disorder
  • Dealing with depression or anxiety
  • Dealing with PTSD or OCD
  • Dealing with breakups
  • Dealing with a divorce
  • Dealing with bullying or cyberbullying
  • Dealing with the loss of a job
  • Dealing with a scary and disappointing medical or psychiatric diagnosis
  • Dealing with deaths
  • Dealing with insecurities
  • Dealing with a bored state of mind

. . . and the list goes on. Music can be utilized to bring peace of mind in all the situations listed above. What music to listen to comes down to your tastebuds, but genres such as ambience, psychill and trance are very good at relaxing the mind, making you think about life and helping you to escape reality.

Some of you are probably thinking, “I don’t have patience with music. The only time I have it on is in the car or maybe when I’m at the gym.” There’s nothing wrong with the above scenarios, but to really make the most out of music, you have to find a quiet and comfortable spot and dedicate some time of your day to really flow with it.

Flowing with music involves relaxing in a comfy position in your home or in nature and just getting lost in your thoughts. Allow the melodies to massage your mind and your thoughts to flow like the wind. Try closing your eyes and entering a meditative state with the background music soothing your ears, while sparking your imagination.

Not only will you feel good about yourself by remaining sober from alcohol and drugs, but you will come to appreciate what music can really do for your emotional and mental well-being! With the right genre playing on a consistent basis, music can become your new escape, especially during times of stress.

Don’t underestimate the power of good music. Utilize this source of pleasure more often and just drift with it; allow it to give you wings to your mind and flight to your imagination! Allow music to set you free from your troubles. And on a positive note, music doesn’t provide withdrawal effects, depressive and anxious states or trouble with the law.

But music can get you high and what is better than a natural high? Don’t fly by this one. Give music a chance.

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The Feel-Good Lifestyle Of Music

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Accompanied By Music Year-Round

There is something magical about music; it helps heal an exhausted soul, an overworked mind and a tired body. Music helps you escape your current reality by sparking your imaginative forces. It can take you to places which you cannot easily access when the tunes aren’t massaging your ears.

It is up to you to discover which genre of music will help you feel emotionally sound. What feels good for someone might feel awful for another. Everyone reacts differently to the sounds of music: some may become pumped up and full of energy, others may doze off and fall asleep while some may dance the night away.

Without music, our mind would not appreciate creativity at the level which it is appreciated today. Creativity is the fuel for the magical ride called music; it gives it an engine and a set of wheels and allows it to take off towards the wild wild west.

Music aids creativity for other tasks: it helps dissolve writer’s block, increase a painter’s brush strokes and assist in the production of a film. This is because music helps you achieve a relaxed state of mind which promotes the flow of your creative juices.

Creativity can still be accessed without music, but music helps it come out easier and faster; creativity breeds creativity. Music’s easy access allows it to be enjoyed almost anywhere: fly away on a Southwest flight, grab a yellow cab in SoHo, jump on a green jet ski in Fort Lauderdale or turn on your Bose speakers in the comfort of your home.

Do not underestimate the pleasure and creativity which can be obtained from the sounds of music. Find yourself some quiet time and start discovering the large mix of tunes that float around us in our hustle and bustle society which we currently live in. You will not be disappointed.

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