Most people enjoy listening to music. There are so many different types of music out there to choose from, such as rock music, metal, rap, R&B, pop…etc. And when people say that music has the power to move us they’re right.
Music actually affects us on a very deep level. Certain music can pump you up, which is especially useful right before that big game. Other types of music can calm you down and help you de-stress after a long day at work. Music truly is therapy for the soul and apparently treatment for a lot of other things.
Music is actually used as a treatment for seizures, to lower blood pressure, treat ADD in children, mental illness, depression, aid in healing, stress, and insomnia. Music has become much like a drug in medication because of the great impact it has on the human mind. Additionally, music has not only helped humans, but plants as well. A study was done where classical music was played around a plant and it actually helped the plant develop and grow significantly faster.
Music is an incredible tool and is a great outlet for built up emotions. Writing music can be a great stress reliever in itself. Writing lyrics or even guitar riffs may help you express some of that built up stored emotion in a positive way. Also, people will probably think that you’re pretty talented if you keep writing music, it’s not a very easily mastered skill.
It seems that these days everyone is trying to get in shape (including me), whether it is working or not I am not sure. However, there seems to be one thing a very large group of people forget to do. Stretch. Stretching is so important for you because of many reasons.
For anyone that plays sports, or is trying to become a professional athlete, you cannot forget to stretch. Goalies, in hockey need to be able to twist and move their bodies in, almost every way imaginable to stop the puck. Basketball players need to be loose and ready to play a game that uses almost every muscle in the body. Professional fighters need to be extremely flexible. All those guys in the UFC using high kicks are incredibly flexible.
Although stretching is need to perform well in sports, stretching is needed to make sure you keep showing up. Evidence shows that stretching the muscles before physical activity (make sure you warm up before you stretch) will greatly decrease your chance of injury. Stretching will keep you out their, be it on a field, court, or mat, day in and day out. The more time you spend practicing and playing the better you will be.
Also, stretching helps you relax. The amount of stress related illnesses is ridiculous and people could definitely use something to help them calm down. Maybe stretching is exactly what they need.
Regardless of what you do, stretching is an incredibly important thing to consider. Stretching can help you with your performance in sports, and will help keep you injury-free. Additionally, stretching is a great way to calm down and relieve tension and stress.
For most people the occasional panic attack or rush of anxiety happens. Many times at the most inopportune moment, like right before an interview for that new job you want, or maybe right as you’re walking up to that one person you’ve been waiting to ask out on a date. Anxiety can also make us strive to do better. For example, if a presentation for work is due, if you aren’t worried a little bit then you won’t be pressured to put enough work into the project. However, there are some people who suffer from extreme forms of anxiety that actually interferes in their daily life. Imagine a panic attack so bad you can’t make it into work for the next week. Obviously this can be a be a very significant problem, so here are some strategies (not involving medication) that you can try.
1.Take (at least) 10 Deep Breaths- You’ve probably heard this over and over, but that’s because it works. When you become anxious you start to breath faster increasing your heart rate and sending you into that kind of “frenzied” mode. By breathing deeply at least 10 times you slow yourself down. At the same time you can really think about what just happened and try to tell yourself everything is okay.
2.Exercise- Physical exercise has been proven to help in depression and in some people who suffer from frequent anxiety. Exercising releases endorphins in your body making your overall mood happier. Additionally, the exercise will help you take your mind off of any problems you are experiencing, and you’ll get a good work out in the process.
3.Get A Massage- If you’re feeling stressed out try having a massage. The massage should relieve some of the tension both physical and emotional. Ask a close friend or your significant other to massage you for a little while, this will keep the cost down especially considering massages aren’t cheap. Try lighting some candles if it will help you calm down.