Welcome back, everyone! As the semester is winding down — and picking up speed in other ways — we could all use a bit of help staying focused and relaxed! One of my favorite ways to calm down after a stressful day or help my mind stay on task is to listen to music. Depending on your current needs, there are lots of different types of music that make this time of year a little less painful.
When I’m studying, I like to listen to something soothing. You don’t want anything too distracting or upbeat; otherwise, you’re just worsening the problem! Some people recommend listening to your favorite artists while you study or work on your schooling, but I respectfully disagree. This often leads to focusing more on the music than your work, even if it’s songs you’ve heard a million times before. For this reason, I appreciate classical music while I’m studying. It fills the silence while simultaneously relaxing the mind. There are no words to distract yourself, and it sounds beautiful!
This playlist holds all the essentials if you have never listened to classical music before. If you start with this one, it will be much easier to figure out what specific kinds you find the most relaxing for working! My personal favorite classical music to listen to during this time of year is the soundtrack from “The Nutcracker.” It has a slight holiday feel while still capturing that soothing quality of classical music:
There are a number of really amazing playlists on Spotify that are designed for studying purposes. Most of them include classical music differing on tempo and the types of instruments the music highlights. The more you listen to classical music, the easier it will be to discern what types work the best for you and your studying needs.
However, if classical music isn’t your favorite, don’t panic! There is another popular route when it comes to relaxing sounds to work to: nature sounds. A lot of people enjoy sitting down to work with the sounds of rushing water from a river, birds in a forest, or heavy rains. These can help put the mind at ease and more in touch with nature while you’re inside working hard! Here is another great playlist to get started with this genre of sounds to help narrow down what works best for you:
As the semester comes to a close and we all feel like there is too much going on inside our heads to focus, give some calming music a try! It can help you relax and stay on task, which is something we could all use a little help with during this time of year. Try not to get too stressed over the next few weeks; see everyone next Monday!