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How Music Can Help You Focus

Attempting to focus with the TV in the TV in the background is never a great idea but this article from SheKnows.com explains how music can help you focus and also reduce stress. If you’re a guy, don’t be put off that this article comes from a women’s website – the advice is applicable to everyone! According to Brenda Buescher, listening to music without lyrics is most effective when you’re trying to focus – understandably so, I can’t imagine you’d achieve much with the Prodigy playing in the background.

Focus With MusicMusic helps you tune out stress

Freaking out? Music can soothe your frayed nerves, according to the American Music Therapy Association. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine found that surgical patients were less stressed if they listened to 30 minutes of their favorite music while they waited for their procedures. Critically ill patients in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital felt less anxiety after they listened to an hour of Mozart’s piano sonatas. Harmonious tunes with notes that progress from low to high tend to be most relaxing, but the best music for reducing anxiety is the music that you like best.

Get into the groove at work

Low-key tunes might even make you a better professional. The journal Work recently published a study showing that young workers concentrated better when they listened to music without lyrics. Instrumental background music could help focus your attention on your next project at the office. Beware of music that you feel strongly about, though. If you really like (or really don’t like) a piece of music, it can distract you from the task you’re working on.

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If you liked this article about how music can help you focus, then do share with the share buttons below. I wholeheartedly agree that music can totally lift your mood, reduce stress and help you to exercise harder and for longer. It takes you to a happy place. I can’t think of a better motivational song for running to than Eye Of the Tiger by Survivor but this wouldn’t be quite as effective when sitting at your desk attempting to solve complex problems.