A special guest post from the creator of INDIERELLA about how we can unwind and take a much-needed chill pill with these sweet and relaxing playlists for every situation.
Hello hello all! My name is Kat and I absolutely love music. I’m also one of those type-A, workaholic, always-on-the-go people, so when I’m not writing for my music and lifestyle blog, I’m marketing, studying for my last year of college, working out, or spending time with friends. Phew! But of course, my body gets run-down and I get a little exhausted, so I’ve learned that scheduling R&R is how I can work self-care into my life and become a better version of myself!
One way I take time for myself every day is by listening to music. I get my big, noise-canceling headphones out, plug in my favorite playlist, and tune out the world.
Do you sometimes get overwhelmed with everything you have going on in your daily life? Yeah, me too…Sometimes I like to say that when I get nervous, it’s because I care about something and I want to do well!
Other times, it’s totally okay to take a beat and decompress. If you have to block out the world and focus on yourself for a minute, that is completely fine. Take care of yourself!
For your daily commute, late night studying at the library, or even when you’re having a hard day, these are some of my favorite playlists that help de-stress, focus, and block out the world.
Starbucks Coffeehouse Pop
Do you ever notice how coffee shops can be so atmospheric? Outside of rush hour, you might find yourself sipping on something warm and happy, sitting and enjoying the moment or killing that project while typing away on your laptop. This Starbucks playlist has some of the best music they play in in their stores.
Start listening to the Starbucks Coffeehouse Pop.
I Will Go Out If It Kills Me
This playlist calls itself a mix of “pump-up jams for the sociable loner!” You don’t need to go out to have a good time (though this playlist can certainly help you do that). Maybe you just need an evening inside to throw a one-person dance party, or simply a playlist to help you feel good and confident about yourself. Whatever the reason, you’ll feel refreshed and more confident after listening to these jams.
I love the rain, but only when I’m dry, indoors, warm, and curled up with a good book. Rainy days don’t have to be dreary and blue, sometimes they can just be…blue. For all the introverted minds who need a take a day for themselves, this playlist is perfect for all your less-than-perfect weather days.
Start listening to the Rainy Days.
If you listen to music to help you fall asleep, this beautiful classical music playlist from Spotify is the perfect collection of songs. This is not just any classical music playlist, this one is absolutely magical. Also, you don’t have to know anything about Bach or Beethoven, just put on your headphones, take a deep breath, and enjoy.
Start listening to the Gentle Classical.
For the perfect de-stressing musical cocktail, this playlist has it all. The moody, atmospheric collection of sounds will find its way into your ears and into your soul. Get ready to lower your heart rate and open your heart to some new music with interesting beats, lilting voices, and soft basses.
Start listening to the A’s Faves.
This is my go-to studying playlist, filled with atmospheric indie music and a couple of pop songs that will help you focus and chill. For an afternoon to work on your paper or a late night cram session before your test, listen to this collection of songs.
Start listening to the Study Sessions.
Some people have comfort food, but I have comfort music. I always loved the way a melody could fill my soul with emotion and with life, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression that I realized how healing music could be.
When dealing with a panic attack, the most important thing you can do is to ground yourself. You take deep, filling breaths, put both feet flat on the floor, and focus on staying in control. I also found that when I start to lose that feeling of control, a little thing that helps is to give myself a mental shake and thing of a familiar and soothing song to help me focus on staying relaxed.
Other times, when the world seems to get too overwhelming, I have big, noise-canceling headphones, and I hoist them over my ears and choose a song to play. Whether I’m having a hard day or I just need to finish an assignment, music is always with me. With the right songs flowing through my ears, I can block out all the chaos and focus on the here and now.
Read more about Katherine Nelson on her blog INDIERELLA