We continue to acquaint you with the best works of the participants of the School of interns and novice authors How to Green and today we present you the debut article of Anastasia Trenina about the use of music in our daily life.
Music is one of the greatest creations of mankind. It accompanies us everywhere and thanks to a lot of research, it has long been not only a pleasant design, but also an important tool for influencing people and their behavior. Work and sports are important vectors of our life and self-expression. Therefore, today on How to Green, we will share with you tips that will help with music to succeed in these areas even more.
Tip number 1. Choose music without words for work and with words – for sports
According to a Cambridge Sound Management study , alien speech is a serious irritant. So, if you need to focus on some important matter, it is better to choose tracks without text as music. But with sports things are different. Research by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences proves that music helps not only not to lose motivation to exercise, but also increases stamina when performing them. Especially if the text contains run-to-beat affirmations or universal incentive statements (the only way is up).
Council number 2. Give preference to the already familiar music
If you need maximum concentration when performing tasks, then stop your choice on music that you have heard many times already. The reason for this approach is quite natural: new music is surprising and exciting. You will listen with interest to her, completely forgetting about work. But for a long time the familiar composition does not contain any surprises, and you can easily concentrate on the implementation of the current task.
Tip # 3. Synchronize the pulse rate and rhythm of the music during sports activities.
Sheffield Hallam University conducted a study on ten untrained men at the age of 21, who were offered to practice on a stationary bike with different musical rhythms: slow, synchronous and fast. The results showed that doing the exercises synchronously with the music is more productive than when the music pace is slower or faster than the cyclic movement. This helps the body to spend less oxygen and use energy more efficiently. Based on this, a team of researchers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has developed an applicationwhich synchronizes the athlete’s music with his pace and his pulse rate. Accelerometer and microphone, built-in headphones, record the pulsation of blood vessels, after which the device transmits data for the optimal choice of the next song.
Council number 4. Listen to music for 10 – 15 minutes before work
The author of the book This is your brain on music, cognitive neuropsychologist and musician Daniel Levitin , believes that listening to music does not always lead to productivity. The work associated with memorization, analysis of information, as well as with concentration of attention will be performed worse if musical compositions are played in the background. But there is a solution: listen to the tracks before you start doing your work. Studies show that listening to music is one of the ways to produce the hormone happiness dopamine. Since in most cases we focus on the imperfections of our lives, music contributes to getting satisfaction at the moment. And also helps to tune in to the upcoming work.
Council number 5. Enrich your playlist with music from computer and video games
Yes, yes, you heard right. For what occupation can people “disappear”, not missing at all? For computer and video games. And the use of soundtracks for these games is not at all exaggerated. Such music perfectly complements the gameplay, while not distracting attention to itself and does not interfere with focusing on plot twists. When performing the usual work duties will be the same effect. One of the most productive is considered the soundtrack to the game Sim City. These melodies won such fame due to their simplicity and linearity, as well as the minimalist style in which they were created.
Council number 6. Listen to slow music after exercise
In 2014, 60 volunteers in India (30 men and 30 women) were offered an experiment. For three days they performed the same isotonic exercises with the only difference: after physical exertion, they had to recover to different rhythms of musical accompaniment. On the first day it was just silence, on the second it was slow music, and on the third it was fast. As a result, subsequent measurements of the parameters of the pulse rate and blood pressure showed the most relaxing effect of music with a slow rhythm. Therefore, do not neglect this important process for the body. Optimize it in order to further increase your sporting achievements.
Tip number 7. Turn on the white noise
If the music still does not allow you to concentrate, but silence also tires – try listening to the soft background noise. SimpleNoise is a free white noise generator. And there are noise at low and high frequencies, so you can choose which one suits you at the moment. Sounds of nature can also be a good alternative . They, like white noise, mask the ambient noise and increase the overall satisfaction of the process. A 2015 study by the American Acoustical Society found particularly positive effects when performing work at the noise of a mountain stream or sea surf. For every taste and every activity, you can also find “natural” accompaniment on Noisli.
Music is not only a source of joy and inspiration. It is also an environment in which you can activate your inner potential by directing energy in the right direction. Be it work or sport. Therefore, do not be afraid to try, discard the inappropriate and look for what is right for you.