While music is no less than an ecstasy, it's important to note that its effectiveness in reducing stress during work varies significantly from person to person. Representational Image/By Arrangement
Music has always been therapeutic because of its positive impact on stress during work. Not only is it one of the most pleasant distractions, but it also connects one to oneself and helps with unnecessary stress build-up. Music creates serenity and a peaceful atmosphere.
In practical terms, music is more of an individual experience, so, it wouldn't be justified if we limit its impact as a list. Therefore, based on personal instincts I've listed some of the infinite reasons for you to instantly fall for it when you need it the most.
Mood lifter: remember that feeling when eating your favorite ice-cream lifts your mood immediately and makes you forget everything for that moment? Music works the similar way. It elevates your mood and creates positivity to counteract the stress and pressure of work.
Stress Buster: the harmony of musical notes activates relaxation response in the body, shifting your focus away from stressors by reducing its production. Slower tempo music or instrumentals are particularly popular as most effective in inducing relaxation and reducing stress levels.
Combat negative thoughts: the connection with music is very subtle, yet powerful. It takes your attention away from negative thoughts or worries, making you effectively concentrate on your other tasks. This distraction can break the cycle of stress and help you maintain a calmer state of mind.
Increased focus and productivity: as music transcends your mind, it increases your focus, thereby enhancing productivity, especially when it comes to repetitive or monotonous tasks. Rhythmic beats establish a steady pace which keep you motivated throughout your work.
Personal soundscape: music is best felt when listened through a close setting such as using Headphones or Bluetooth. It creates a personal soundscape that naturally isolates you from other distractions around you. It also helps you create a sense of privacy and tranquility, enabling you to better manage stress and concentrate on your work.
While music is no less than an ecstasy, it's important to note that its effectiveness in reducing stress during work varies significantly from person to person. Different individuals have different preferences and responses to music, depending on their personal interests.
But music is all about experimenting - there are various genres, styles, and volume levels that can help you find what works best for you. Be playful while creating a different playlist of songs to unwind yourselves. Pick tracks with soulful melodies, gentle rhythms, or instrumentals. Slow classical pieces, sounds of nature, or ambient music can be particularly helpful in creating a calming atmosphere.
To get the most out of music, it's best if you are able to spare a few minutes from your work day and engage actively with music to listen to it, intentionally.
With that said, it's crucial to be wary of your work environment and any prohibitions regarding music at your workplace. Finally, because of the very nature of music, your choices might interfere with your productivity or interactions with colleagues. However, that's purely subjective, and non-trivial at the same time.
This article is authored by Chaitanya Saraf, Founder SHRIJI Entertainment.