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Four Ways Listening to Hang Drums can Improve your Well-Being

Four Ways Listening to Hang Drums can Improve your Well-Being

Many people enjoy listening and playing music that makes them feel uplifted. Various types of music invoke different feelings in us: the sound of a harmonica playing on a boardwalk, the melody of a saxophone playing in the subway station, church bells ringing on a Sunday morning, or the serene and relaxing sounds of hang drums on the street of a busy city. Music captures the attention of many. Not only does it capture our attention, but it can improve our overall well-being. Here are four ways the unique sound of hang drums can improve your well-being.

1. The Uniqueness Can Make You Smile

The hang drum, resembling a steel drum which has been inverted, has a one-of-a-kind sound that almost speaks to you with the harmonic delicacy of the sounds. The sound is almost hypnotic and innocent, and listening to this instrument can make you smile in enjoyment. When you smile, studies show that your brain benefits, as smiling releases those important neural messengers that greatly benefit your happiness and overall health.

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2. Hang Drums Can Enhance Your Mind

When listening to the many different pings from a hang drum, and hearing how they seamlessly blend with one another, the mind becomes more active. Studies acknowledge the powerful effects of music on our body and mindset, as listening to music has an effect on many different parts of the brain. Listening to music can motivate, facilitate creativity, and clarify your thinking. The music of the hang drum can be light and airy and provide a wonderful backdrop for any task that needs to be accomplished.

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3. For Relaxation

Some research shows that group drumming is good for the immune system. Drumming also reduces tension and stress. In today’s world, many feel the need to incorporate more options for relaxing in their lives. The sounds from a hang drum are almost hypnotic, and unwinding at the end of a long day or starting out your day by meditating can be coupled with hang drum music. Many hang drum melodies have pleasant, relaxing chords to invoke a stress-free period of time for you, whether it is enjoyed for a few minutes or a few hours. Hospitals and recovery centers incorporate music therapy; music as a therapeutic option for patients may even reduce the amount of certain types of medication needed. Music, especially in the form of soothing hang drums, may help manage your stress and keep you relaxed.

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4. For Exercising

If you are beginning an exercise program, you may discover that listening to music can give you the inner strength and motivation to keep going. An upbeat tempo from a hang drum song can increase your rhythmic movements while walking or running, while the slower and softer sounds of this instrumental form can enrich your yoga or stretching routine. Either way, having the motivation from this musical experience can increase your work output, both physically and mentally.

The benefits of listening, or even playing, music have been studied, and it has been shown that music can positively affect our feelings, moods, emotions, and health. With the wealth of music that is in our world today, we are able to listen to the type that “speaks” to us. Hang drums have such an uncharacteristic sound that many find themselves drawn to the pings of the notes. Different types of hang drums, also referred to as handpans, are manufactured by different companies and can produce different sounds. Hang drum music can be enjoyed in the form of a CD, online videos, digital download, or even by learning how to play them yourself! The striking, almost magical sound will be sure to please you, awakening your senses like never before.

Featured photo credit: Elvert Barnes Photography via flickr.com

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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