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Mikkie_Mills on 06/11/2019 at 06:08PM

How Guitarists Can Protect Their Hands

For a guitarist, there is nothing better than jamming away the hours of the day. Especially when your jamming alone, it can be a time of creativity, reflection, and peace when you're in the zone. In fact, a whole playing session is known to last days at its peak. Sessions that long is a signal that you're lost in the sound of the guitar. Nonetheless, one of the most annoying problems all guitarists face is quite obviously, hand problems. Issues such as bleeding fingertips, chapped hands, or hand cramps are all frequent issues that can put a halt to a jamming session at once. This is why it is crucial for any guitarist to protect and maintain their hands before, during, and after they play. In extreme cases, not doing so can result in ever wanting to play the guitar ever again. Although those cases are few and far between, hopefully knowing the fact that it is a possibility can motivate all guitarists to take care of their hands. After all, the hands are the necessary tools needed to play the guitar. So, with this in mind, let's discuss 5 tips on how guitarists can protect their hands.

 

#1: Use Moisturizer On Your Hands

 

Perhaps the most important tip that any guitarist can use to protect their hands is to use moisturizer. What this does is soften and massage the hands leaving them loose and protected. Knowing this tip on how to repair chapped hands can lead to longer playing times without any problems.

 

#2: Use Rubber Fingertips

When it comes to hand problems, one of the first issues that guitarists have is with their fingertips. Specifically, cracked and cut fingertips are one of the most occurring problems that can leave any guitarists sore and out of playing for a long time. This issue stems from either putting too much pressure on the strings when playing, sliding up and down the fretboard to fast, or simply playing for long periods of time. That said, one of the easiest ways to prevent this is by using rubber or protective fingertip guards. While they might look funny and even be an inconvenience when playing, they do their job effectively.

 

#3: Warm-up Before Playing

Another easy way to prevent any hand problems is by simply warming up. This is an issue that happens mostly with a new guitarist. This is because more experienced guitarists have learned from the mistakes of not warming up. In general, warming up is an essential step to learning virtually any skill. Nonetheless, warming up when playing guitar can allow the fingers to become looser and thus, put less pressure on the strings that would otherwise lead to cracks or cuts.

 

#4: Consider Using Nylon Strings

Switching to nylon strings is one of the most overlooked methods of preventing hand problems. The reason for this is because nylon strings are generally used for classical guitars. Given that most guitarists play either electric or acoustic, nylon strings might not always sound the best with those guitars. In fact, some guitars can't even play with nylon strings. However, if a guitar is able to play with them, consider switching to nylon strings while your fingers become more accustomed to playing with less stress.

 

#5: Take Breaks In Between Playing

Similarly to warming up before playing, taking a break before playing is another great way to prevent hand issues. The key takeaway from this tip is to not play continuously for a long time. Now, this doesn't mean that your playing session can't belong, it just means that it is beneficial to take a rest every hour or so to prevent unwanted problems. As a matter of fact, taking a break and then coming back to playing has been known to increase creativity, accuracy, and efficiency when playing. So, if you want to become a better player, take breaks in between playing. 

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Mikkie_Mills on 06/04/2019 at 04:13PM

A Guitarist's Quick Guide to Essential Oils

Although many benefits of essential oils are common knowledge these days, their use is often medicinal in nature. However, we should definitely consider the additional benefits of these powerful, natural oils, starting with their remarkable ability to enlighten and inspire. For a guitarist, essential oils can be used to spark creativity in both mind, body, and spirit.

 

To spark your creativity as a guitarist, you can use essential oils topically to ease pain from overuse, such as calluses and headaches, to boost your overall mood, or even to promote more restorative sleep. However, when used to enhance creativity, essential oils mostly work on the basis of aromatherapy.

 

Aromatherapy involves the actual essence of the plant, and the distillation process produces a highly concentrated by-product. The brain, particularly the brain's hypersensitive olfactory nerve, reacts to these powerfully concentrated scents in a variety of positive ways. However, it's important to note that not all essential oils are the same. Many reputable companies, such as Young Living, founded by D Gary Young, are committed to producing high-grade essential oils in their purest form. The goal of aromatherapy for a guitarist seeking inspiration and creativity is to experience a euphoric state that stimulates creative output, which can be achieved through both inhalation and absorption.

 

Of course, we've covered the science behind essential oils and how the brain responds to their use, but how can a musician evoke this enlightened state of consciousness? We'll explore the specific creative benefits of essential oils and how both budding and professional guitarists can use them, both in and out of the studio, to refresh themselves and unleash a creativity that's uniquely their own.

 

Many essential oils can be used in their purest form, such as the ones we will discuss below. However, if you prefer a less intense fragrance experience, you can blend with a carrier oil such as sunflower or olive. Let's take a closer look at the oils themselves and how you can use both inhalation and absorption to extract their benefits.

 

Using Lavender Essential Oil:

Soothing and inspiring, lavender essential oil is simple to use since you don't have to couple it with a carrier oil. Lavender is lauded for its ability to inspire honest, reflective communication with ourselves, and it promotes a more relaxed frame of mind overall. You can diffuse a few drops, or you can mix it with a little water to mist on your face and body.

 

 

Using Tangerine Essential Oil:

Tangerine oil is delicate and uplifting, and it is used to evoke a happy, carefree mood to inspire creative output. Like lavender, you can use it without a carrier oil. Simple rub a few drops on your skin, diffuse it, or add water and your desired strength of oil to a spray bottle and douse your skin. Tangerine oil is also an excellent complement to your bath water, so add a few drops before you soak, and enjoy its playful fragrance.

 

 

Using Peppermint Essential Oil:

Known for its ability to refresh and renew, peppermint oil definitely offers a soulful sanctuary for the work-weary guitarist. You can breathe it in directly, massage aching temples, or diffuse to clear your head, regain your focus, and combat fatigue.

 

Using Jasmine Essential Oil:

This oil is unique because it notably serves a much-desired purpose for the musician: to inspire confidence. It's best to diffuse this oil or add to a warm bath for optimal benefits.

 

The above are just a sampling of the many oils available that can boost your creativity while providing key health-related benefits such as pain relief. Whether your choose to diffuse, directly apply, or douse yourself in a warm, relaxing bath, allow the natural power of essential oils to whisk away your inhibitions and release your creativity and renewed sense of passion and purpose as a guitarist.

 

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Mikkie_Mills on 05/31/2019 at 09:25PM

To Sleep or Not To Sleep...

To sleep or not to sleep is never really the question one wants to ask. The one part of life that is unavoidable and beyond necessary is our sleep needs. Sleep is never overrated. It is imperative. We sleep to heal, we sleep to rejuvenate, we sleep to live again. There is an alarming rate of Americans that are not getting enough sleep. One out of Three Americans are not getting enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, At least 45% of Americans say that lack of sleep is affecting their lifestyles and daily routines. There is a difference between sleep quantity and sleep quality. Stress and leading an unsatisfactory life are two things that can lead to low quality sleep. Health and wellness go hand in hand with a person's sleep life.

 

There are so many factors that lead to loss of quality sleep. There are differences between the genders that play a role in sleep issues. For men it is more likely that they have snoring issues, while women are more likely to suffer due to insomnia. Sleep Apnea is also an issue for at least 11% of Americans. Lots of people who suffer from this condition are still not diagnosed. Sleep studies are being performed continuously to help those in need of solutions.

One possible solution to getting to sleep can be addressed by finding soundtracks that compliment sleep. There are several options to try that can result in better sleep habits. Here are a few suggestions that can lend to more quality sleep.

 

  • To the Moon and Back- Luke Bryan

  • Hallelujah- Rufus Wainwright

  • Like Real People Do- Hozier

  • Tiny Dancer- Elton John

  • Midnight- Coldplay

  • One- Ed Sheeran

  • Return to Me- Dean Martin

  • Once Upon a Dream- Lana Del Rey

  • Can’t Stop- OneRepublic

  • The Edge of A Dream - Minnie Riperton

  • I Want to Write You a Song- One Direction

  • If I Could Fly- One Direction

 

Online there are so many more songs that you can find to get right into the best mood to sleep.

 

The correlation between being in a comfortable state of mind and getting ready for sleep can be altered by music. Music is one of the most comforting things we have in this life. The notes, words, and tunes can actually place us in a state of relaxation. In terms of other ways to enhance sleep pillows and mattress play an important role. Industries have come up with various mattresses to compliment sleep. One of these new and beneficial beds is a natural latex mattress. These mattresses are organically resistant to body heat, dust mites, and mold just to name a few of the benefits to owning a latex mattress.

 

Our bodies need to be in a comfortable position from head to toe in order for our entire body to relax, but that is not all that needs to happen in order for us to get the best sleep possible. Clearing our minds and/or placing something on our minds is also needed. It is also recommended to listen to the sounds of nature, like waterfalls, birds, and running rivers.

 

If you are experiencing any type of sleep disorder it is surely affecting the way you live your life daily. In these times there are many ways to assist in regaining quality sleep. Be willing to explore different ways to find your best sleep situation. Music, Comfort, Bedding, Pillows, Environment, Temperature, Regular checkups for diagnosis for possible ailments that can trigger sleep disorders are all ways to confront sleep issues.

 

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Mikkie_Mills on 05/31/2019 at 02:02AM

Are There Any Reasons Not To Meditate Before Bed?

"I'm not a Buddhist or a new-age hippie. Why should I meditate?"

This is what I assume goes through the minds of people who are opposed to meditation. But is meditation just for hippies and partakers in eastern religious practices? The answer is no. New breakthroughs in science are showing us that meditation can be quite beneficial for all kinds of people.

 

Meditation has been shown to relieve stress & pain, slow aging, decrease inflammation, boost endorphins, increase serotonin levels, strengthen immunity to diseases and yes (drum roll please), help you to fall asleep.

 

Your brain is made up of about 100 billion neurons which can house up to 1000 terabytes of memory data. The brain is a powerful system. However, if over-stressed it can be quite chaotic. Mediation helps calm your neurons and provides assistance in the process of regulating serotonin levels, which in turn decreases stress as well as anxiety.

 

Oxidative stress is the result of your body's inability to regulate free radicals and is the root cause of cellular aging. Scientific tests have shown that meditation can help boost glutathione (a natural antioxidant). This chemical is produced inside of the body's cells and can help neutralize free radicals which, you guessed it, can relieve oxidative stress and slow the process of aging.

Cortisol is a chemical produced in the body that is known by some as "the body's stress hormone". This is due to the fact that cortisol is released when the brain is under stress, this causes inflammation. Inflammation in the brain has been linked to many mental issues including depression, addiction , even physical conditions such as diabetes and obesity. This is why relieving stress plays a critical role in longevity as well as living a healthy lifestyle in a more general sense.

 

So with all of this said, you may be asking yourself "but how does meditation affect my sleeping habits?".

 

In 2009 the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies was presented with research data that changed the way medical professions view insomnia. The study monitored 11 participants between the ages of 25 and 45 who suffer from insomnia. The participants were divided into two groups and monitored for two months. The results conclusively showed that meditating helped to reduce arousal in the brain and ultimately helped reduce the symptoms of insomnia.

 

The practice of meditation involves clearing one's mind (or at least attempting to) of all thoughts. This process allows your brain to 'relax' and take a break from the constant stream of data which it is forced interpret throughout your day to day life. Clearing your mind before bed can also be beneficial to your ability to have more positive dreams although the research on dreaming is not conclusive. Some may tell you that if you invision pleasant ideas such as pool designs pensacola before going to sleep you will enter a dream world which reflects these thoughts but there is no solid evidence to suggest this. However, the evidence does suggest that clearing your mind and trying to not focus on such things will increase your ability to sleep deeply for longer hours.

 

At this point the benefits of meditation should be undeniably aparant. Before writing this article I did research; I tried to find examples of why one should not meditate before sleep. I could find none. On the contrary, all of the data and statistical analysis that I found explicitly stated the benefits of meditation before sleep. It is an undeniable reality that meditating regularly can help reduce anxiety and help you enjoy a much fuller, as well as easier to achieve sleep. So no, meditation is not just for Buddhist and hippies, it is for everyone.

 

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Mikkie_Mills on 05/20/2019 at 08:26PM

How to Really Shine in the Spotlight

If you are familiar with the dramatic arts pertaining to theatre, then you understand the necessity to really shine. The best way to ensure your show is unforgettable is to set the stage. Chicago Stagehands know how to do just this. They may be found behind the curtain, but they are the ones who ensure the show goes on no matter what. They know just when to open and close the curtain, and they also ensure everything is in its place before, during, and after the show. Often times stagehands are skilled in more than one area which is always a benefit for any production.

 

With a few helpful hints your show can go from wonderful to unforgettable. First and foremost, preparation is the number one key to any successful show. This is where communication is key when preparing stagehands for their performance. When there is clarity in regards to assigned tasks the work necessary for a production will run smoothly and deadlines will be met. The leading actors in any production are valued in the spotlight, but it is important not to forget those who shine the light. When you value all players in a production the show is always far more successful. There is an air of teamwork and it is far easier for the show to go on.

 

It is pertinent to understand that setting the stage simply means to prepare so that something can happen. Without the help of the hands that work behind the scene the show would never begin or seem incomplete. It is through their experience and different skill sets that scenery can be made, lighting is effective, and even props are readily available throughout the performance. If the stagehands are up to date with the progress of the production they can then adjust their progress in reference to the needs of the show.

 

It is necessary to look at past reviews in regards to a show to understand how it can be even better. It is important to not lose morale based upon bad reviews, but rather learn from the free advice offered. You are presenting a performance meant to entertain or educate the public. Sometimes the message is lost or misconstrued and it is critical to evaluate the show from exterior points of views not affiliated with your production. This allows for growth among the cast members, managers, and stage hands. After all it takes a whole crew to put on a great production that will leave a lasting impression on the audience.

 

It is extremely important to prepare your entire crew for each performance night. This is easily achieved through rehearsals as well as dress rehearsals. This practice allows each member involved in the production to be on cue, this is necessary for a show to run smoothly and successfully. Each member serves a purpose in the production rather it is a leading role, lighting, or changes made to the scenery throughout the performance. The more you prepare prior to the show the better your performance will appear to the audience. This is a factor that will certainly make or break any performance.

 

Ultimately if you communicate, plan, and practice prior to opening night the better your chances are at presenting a production the whole cast will be proud of. After the production it is pertinent to utilize and accept all advice provided through either the audience or critics. These simple steps will help ensure that every show will be the best show you have ever been a part of. After all you work hard to be in the spotlight and should be acknowledged for the hard work you do to make it successful.

 

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Mikkie_Mills on 04/22/2019 at 06:47PM

Getting Creative in the Digital Age

As an artist the last thing you want is for your music and talent to get overhauled by technology. You may think that you have to be a pro at all things digital for you to be a successful artist in this day and age. But, this is not true and you can be a great artist and still be profitable without being a technological quiz.

 

There are plenty of ways you can use your preferred medium and still have a great online digital presence. In fact there are ways you can use technology to enhance your music and really make it stand out.

 

Here are four things to think about when incorporating your music with technology:

 

A Bigger Audience

Open mic nights are a great way to show your talent off to others and mingle with people listening to your music. But one major problem of open mic nights is that only a certain amount of people will hear your songs because of a physical location. With an online presence you can remove the problem with physical settings and have your music reach people in different states and even different countries.

 

This could potentially create more revenue because more people are hearing your music and be interested in it. This means that you can set up an online business where you create music. Whatever you decide on is up to you and you get to create what your future as an artist looks like.

New Connections

Since you are already starting to find more people online this also means you will find more people that you want to connect with. It may be a fellow musician that you follow or it may be someone who is really into your music that reaches out to you. Whatever the case it is a great feeling to know that you have friends online who are cheering for you and supporting your music endeavours.

 

If you want to meet these people in person it is totally possible. Your main concern is safety so be sure to be in a public space and even bring some friends. Conventions are a great way to meet your online fans and also the people you follow and admired.

Social Media

You may not consider yourself a super socially online person. But if you want to start building a presence online and connecting with other artists and potential fans you will want some kind of social media page.

 

The more social media pages the better. This doesn’t mean you need to have 5 different Facebook pages but you can have one profile for each different platform. You could have one for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook which gives you a wider stretch and audience.

Keep Creating

As you learn more about music and different music forms you will want to keep putting your music online. If you have your own website you can upload different songs and upload them into different files. These files can be zipped up so they are easier to share with others through email. If you do not know how to make a file or how to unzip a file you can ask someone who knows more about technology or do some research online.

 

Ready to be a little more technological savvy with your music? It can seem a little scary at first and maybe even weird but with some practice and patient you can become an amazing artist with a strong online presence and portfolio.

 

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Mikkie_Mills on 04/10/2019 at 04:20PM

How to Better Travel with Your Guitar

If you play the guitar and you want to perform you will have to travel around with your guitar. Luckily a guitar is not the biggest instrument to carry around, there are basses and kettle drums that are a lot bigger and heavier. With that being said it is important to understand that your guitar can still get extremely damaged if you do not take care of it while traveling. It is impractical to buy a new guitar every couple of months so to safe money and time you will need to keep your guitar safe and sound as you travel around with it. Whether you plan on doing some serious overseas traveling or just heading over to the next city you need to be prepared for your travels.

 

Here are 5 ways you can keep your guitar pristine while traveling:

 

Transportation

Traveling with an instrument makes life a little harder and can quickly become a drag if you do not have the right kind of transportation. If you have a car that is super small it may no be able to fit your guitar in the backseat or in the trunk. A lot of cars such as the toyota camry, will have a lot of space for your guitar and other equipment that you and your band may need to carry around.

 

If you start a band and you travel around a lot with them you may want to consider purchasing a moving van that will let your band store all of their equipment so you do not have to continually rent a moving van or use several different cars.  

 

Where You are Going

You could be going to your friend’s house or you could be traveling across the country or even be going to another country. Wherever you are going is going to be different than storing your guitar in its stand and practicing your guitar in your room. Where you are going is important is because you will need different options and different items. If you are traveling in a plane you will need to do some things to keep your guitar safe from being broken.  

 

Accessories

You are going to need a case, which will be discussed in a later section but there are other items that can make your life easier while traveling with a guitar. There are guitar humidifiers that keep your guitar nice and moist if you are traveling to a place that is extremely dry and does not have a lot of humidity. There are also foldable stands that make storage easier because regular stands are awkward to carry around and store.

 

Case

There are a lot of different cases out there on the internet and at different music stores. There are two main types of guitar cases: hard and soft. One is not necessarily better than the other but both serve a different purpose. Depending on your situation you may want a hard or a soft case and a lot of musicians will have both for different types of travel. A hard case is a smart idea if you are traveling in a bus or have a storage trailer that will likely have boxes and other items on top of your guitar. A soft case is more lightweight and perfect for taking your guitar to and from lessons or school.

 

Overseas

Traveling in a plane is different than driving a car. You will need to take extra good care of your guitar when traveling in a plane. With the changes in pressure it is easy for your guitar strings to snap and damage your guitar. To prevent this from happening you will need to loosen your strings so there is little to no tension in your strings. If you are checking your guitar you will want to put foam padding around the inside of your case so your guitar does not break when getting moved around.

What are some things you do to keep your guitar nice while traveling around? Comment below to start the conversation.

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Mikkie_Mills on 02/24/2019 at 06:15AM

Studying Music Abroad

Ethnomusicology

Students of the arts do well to study abroad through a gap year travel program. In particular, students of ethnomusicology, a field which studies the music of different cultures- and the relationship between music and culture- benefit from studying abroad. Take, for instance, this study of Soviet musical culture.

Soviet Music Culture

There were three primary periods. The first was the Civil War period (1917-1922) when the Bolsheviks and other groups were in conflict, then the Soviet Union was formed. Lunacharsky was the first Soviet People's Commissioner for the Enlightenment, which was meant to control art and culture in the USSR.  The second period was characterized by the New Economic Plan was established by Lenin to incorporate some capitalism in an attempt to revive the Soviet Economy. During this second period, 1923-1928, the state created bodies codified through acronyms to mandate aspects of art and culture, and the Association for Contemporary Music (ASM) and Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians (RAPM) musical groups were formed. The ASM and RAPM were perpetually in conflict. The RAPM was more traditional, while the ASM was comprised of younger musicians, often students, who rejected old forms of music and were interested in the Western avant-garde. An example of avant garde Russian music would be the “Iron Foundry” by Alexander Mosolov, which incorporates machine sounds in a futurist gesture to technology. The RAPM take over in the final years of this conflict and put pressure on ASM musicians. During the third period, 1929-1932, these groups dissolved and the Union of Composers formed. Walker's "Music and Soviet Power" contains passages on how the RAPM fell, and Socialist Realism took its place. Socialist Realist art and music are proletariat, representative of daily life, realistic, and ideologically socialist.

Essentially, composers had to be members of the Union of Composers in order to produce music, and could not exist as outliers as some musicians had prior to its establishment. Lenin died in 1924, which results in national mourning. Stalin, “man of steel” takes his place. Stalin was a member of the Politburo and later, General Secretary of the Central Committee. Ten to twenty million people perished under his regime, which resembled totalitarianism rather than socialism.

The borders of the Soviet states were drawn “with a ruler” in the 1920s by the USSR which resulted in massive displacements of peoples who then migrated in an attempt to reside in the territories that their ethnic groups were most affiliated with. One aspect of Stalin’s plan to unify these disparate cultures was through the so-called Friendship of the People, an attempt to establish a pan-Soviet folklore by erasing cultural differences. The best illustration of this was the Soviet folk orchestra formed to incorporate the disparate folk music traditions into a formal orchestra, the structure of which was Westernized as dictated by the Soviet imperialists. Conservatories and operas were exported to the Central Asian steppe in an effort to involve folk musicians of the various ethnic groups in the creation of pan-Soviet music. Folk instruments were transformed to become standardized such that they were chromatic, and they lost much of the authenticity of their original sounds and methods of playing. By the 1930s, the Soviets had thoroughly adopted the notion that their culture was superior to the other states of the USSR (which some refer to as colonized states) so this orchestra became even more similar to a Western orchestra as it was further Russified. After Stalin’s rule, Khrushchev took over, and there was a period of de-Stalinization. Strangely, the tradition of the Soviet folk orchestra became so entrenched in the USSR states that many persist to this day, some as nationalistic groups that have become tourist attractions, and others that perpetuate in obscurity.

The term intonazia was defined by Russian music scholar Malcolm H. Brown in the Levin reading as a word for how music carries meaning. The ambiguity of music haunted the USSR throughout as so-called Soviet musical structure- “national in form, socialist in content” could never be concretely evidenced in the music produced during that period. Meanwhile, others suggest that composers’ total immersion in Soviet ideology means that attempting to evaluate the sincerity of their conformity becomes impossible and is therefore unimportant.

Music and Diplomacy

For a student of music, understanding ethnomusicology can provide much needed cultural insights into the creation of various musical styles and schools of thought. As a result, there are programs for music students to travel abroad to learn more about other cultures. Even the U.S. State Department offers a public diplomacy program specifically for music exchange, given the importance of cultural exchange for international cooperation.

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Mikkie_Mills on 02/15/2019 at 09:58PM

Tips For Combining Essential Oils With Your Spotify Playlist For Mood Enhancement

One of the most popular music apps available online today is Spotify. Millions of people stream songs every day across the globe. If you have ever used it, or use it all of the time, you know just how simple it is to find music you like to listen to. Music can be great for your mood, for exercise, for having fun and even for sleeping. With Spotify, you are able to create playlists to match your moods. If you love essential oils, you can match your oils with your Spotify playlists for the ultimate mood enhancement. Below are some tips for combining them. You can use your aromatherapy sessions to enhance your music or use your music to enhance the aromatherapy sessions using Young Living Essential Oils.

 

How Can Music Affect Your Mood?

 

Most people can tell you that certain songs can have a significant impact on your mood. There have been many studies conducted which have shown the direct correlation between music and the stimulation of certain emotions. Some songs make you feel energized and want to get you up and dancing around. Other songs may bring out emotions of anger or sadness. You can choose specific songs to match your mood or choose music to help change your moods as well. Music can affect your mood because certain sounds can stimulate parts of your brain. This stimulus can prompt specific emotions to emerge.

 

How Can Essential Oils Affect Your Mood?

 

Just the same with music, certain scents can affect how your brain is stimulated. Different scents and essential oils can bring out specific emotions. Instead of hearing songs, your body's olfactory senses can translate those scents through your chemoreceptor to offer the equivalent of an electro biological stimulus. Some scents may cause you to feel happy or calm. Other scents may help you get in touch with your creative side. Even though aromas and music are very different, they can both create similar emotional effects on the body and mind.

 

How To Pair Spotify Songs With Your Essential Oils

 

There are many reasons to consider matching your favorite scented essential oils with your favorite Spotify songs. Many of each of these can effectively create the same mental effect. When they are combined, the effects on your mood can be significantly stronger. Spotify has many popular playlists including one that contains all of the current top hits. Other lists in Spotify's top 10 include pop, country, dance and cardio. The music streaming company also has a playlist put together specifically for boosting your mood.

 

The mood-boosting category was created as a tool for listeners to use in order to improve their mood when needed. Ideally, this category was to help improve the way a listener was feeling. Whether you are depressed, sad, anxious or angry, the music was intended to offer a more relaxed and calm feeling. This is exactly what aromatherapies are meant to offer for their users as well.

 

Pairing the right scents to songs will take some experimenting. Each person will have different reactions to different songs and scents. You should start by finding songs on Spotify that you enjoy listening to. Categorize each of these songs by how they make you feel. Each essential oil scent should be paired with each song category based on how they make you feel. For example, lavender essential oils are great for reducing anxiety. Pair this with your calming song list for the ultimate relaxation.

 

It may take a little bit of time to get your songs and scents paired up perfectly. Once you have put in all of the initial work, however, you will have the perfect "go-to" mood enhancers. You may have a problem noticing the connection between each song and the essential oil scents at first. After a bit of time combining the right pairs, you will notice a significant change in how you feel and think.

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