Keep The Good Vibes Coming

Is there anything in particular that you’d like for us to cover? As long as it is ok with you guys I am going to carry on with the theme of writing about health as it is one of my favourite topics to cover. More is on the way so don’t disappear just yet!

Does Listening To Music Affect Your Health?

Hello again friends. Today I want to veer off into a completely different direction and talk about a particular subject I’ve been reading about recently. Last week I was doing my usual thing in the evening. I get home from a long hard day of work, put my feet up in front of the television and surf the web. While I’m on the web I mainly like to read articles rather than watch videos. I’m not quite sure how I found it, but I stumbled upon this article that explains why listening to music can have a positive effect on our health.

A few of my friends (we’ve all got a few like this) do not like or listen to music. It’s unbelievable isn’t it? Every time I try and show them something new that I’ve been listening to they tell me they are not interested. I simply don’t understand it. This article I found gave me a bit of hope though. Maybe if I could show them this article and take them through some of its key points, they’ll begin to listen to some music. One of my favourite things to talk about with my close friends is new music we have been listening too, so obviously as it stood, I wasn’t able to have these types of conservation with a small amount of my friends.

I might as well tell you a bit more about the article itself and what it says. It stresses three clear points, in that studies have shown that music can help you in three different ways. Firstly it can help relieve chronic back pain. I know it sounds a bit silly by studies have shown this to be true. Apparently when we listen to slow, calming music, our heartbeat and blood pressure slow right down. This helps us to breathe at a slower pace, which can in turn reduce muscle tension in many areas of your body such as your neck, back and shoulders. Incredible!

back pain eased by music

Secondly it says that music can help you while you exercise. According to more studies, certain music can help improve your mood, increase your stamina, and is a good way of distracting you from pain and tension you feel in your body during the exercise.

Lastly, and this one may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you, apparently music can help you with memory loss. This makes sense in a number of ways. Firstly songs can trigger old memories. I can’t really explain how it works, but it does. I bet it’s happened to you before, where you hear a song and it somehow brings up a distant memory. For example, I was in the shower listening to some songs from my bluetooth shower speaker only the other day. A song came up on my playlist that I hadn’t heard in a while and it quickly brought up some memories of my time at university.

music memory

Another reason why this makes sense is that the area of the brain which processes sound, and hence music is actually next to the area of the brain that is responsible for memory. Who would have guessed that music can have a positive effect on your health in more ways than one! I’ll certainly be making more time for serious music sessions from now on.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Writing the post I published yesterday was really fun and surprisingly also gave a little bit of a boost when it comes to my own fiction writing. After I’d finished I felt as if I was on a bit of a roll so I continued and ended up writing until the middle of the night! I woke up this morning telling myself that I should do as much blogging as possible if it has that kind of effect on me, so expect a lot more from me in the near future.

One of the More Practical Uses of Tea

As well as writing for this blog and a few others, I actually do a bit of fiction writing on the side, in between this and work. I don’t do it professionally or anything, and I’ve only just started really (well about 9 months) but when I am writing I get this feeling that I can’t really explain. I feel as if I somehow are fulfilling and participating in what I was meant to do. My true calling if you will.

I have been working on a short story. I will spare you the details of it as it is nowhere near completion, and have been trying my best to add at least five hundred words to it everyday. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but trust even that amount of words does take quite a long time. The trouble is, until not long ago, I was having real mind blocks and some days couldn’t think of anything to write at all. Since then I’ve learnt that this is perfectly normal and most professional writers suffer from this all the time.

herbal tea

I read about all the different ways of getting over this slight hump. There were so many funny tips online I couldn’t believe some of them. One took my fancy though, which suggested taking a quick 10 minute breather, sitting outside in the garden and having a cup of herbal tea. I’m a huge fan of herbal tea so I wanted to try this out as soon as possible. The article I read suggested homemade tea, which I wasn’t well acquainted with. Like it said, I bought this loose tea infuser and got to work. Everyday whenever I’d get stuck I’d make a brew and relax for fifteen minutes or so. I was completely amazed by how well this worked. The main thing I learnt was that it was important to take breaks and let my mind relax for a few minutes before starting again. Not only has my work rate improved but I think my writing has improved too. All because I decided to by a loose tea infuser and drink a few more cups each day. Who would have guessed it!?

Absence not here yet

I have no intention to be completely absent. In fact it would be a bit strange for me to start my very first blog and immediately announce my intention to be completely absent. I’ve put this together so I can share with you (anyone really) some of my everyday thoughts and ideas. I’m also a bit of a shopaholic so expect some posts about this too.