Want To Have More Music In Your Life? Here Are Ways to Incorporate Music Into Your Daily Routine

Listening to Music Can Be A Great Way to De-stress and Process Emotions. But What Should You Do If You Don’t Have A Lot Of Time To Fit It Into Your Schedule?

Everyone loves music. Whether you listen to music on your phone, attend live concerts, or play an instrument, interacting and engaging with music is a crucial part of our lives. 

Importantly, music can help us de-stress, process our emotions, and get motivated. Both on a mental and physical level, listening to music can improve the quality of human life.

Are you finding it difficult to incorporate music into your daily life? Here are some ways to increase music’s presence in your daily routine to make sure that you are enjoying all of the benefits of engaging with music. 

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From the moment you wake up, to the moment when you walk out the door, mornings can be a great time to add more music to your day. 

Starting Your Day

How we start our mornings can have a big impact on our attitudes and outlook for the rest of the day. Even though the start of the day might seem like an uneventful time, mornings are actually a great time to incorporate more music into your routine. 

Using Music As Your Alarm

One way to incorporate music into your mornings is to use music to wake up instead of a normal alarm. By swapping out generic, pre-set, and irritating alarm tones for one of your favorite, upbeat songs, you can guarantee that you’ll wake up in a better mood. 

Plus, using music as your wake-up alarm creates a perfect segue for listening to music while you get ready for the day. When you switch from a normal alarm to a music alarm, you increase the amount of music you listen to without having to take time away from your typical morning routine.

Music in the Shower

Just like using music as your morning alarm, listening to music in the shower allows you to incorporate music into parts of your routine that you already do each day. Sing by yourself in the shower, or invest in a waterproof shower radio or Bluetooth speaker. Either way, you’ll be able to add even more relaxation to your self-care rituals. 

Music and Your Morning Routine

Even after you immediately wake up, there’s still time in the mornings to listen to music while you get ready for the day. Turn on the radio or stream music while you get dressed, make breakfast, and pack up your items for school or for work. When you’re finally ready to walk out the door, you’ll be surprised by how much time you had for listening to music at the beginning of your day. 

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Listening to music when traveling or taking breaks throughout the day can help you relax while passing the time. 

To Work and Back Again

After you leave the house to start your day, it might seem like there’s no way to add music into your schedule. However, there are many small opportunities to incorporate music throughout the day, and these small moments can add up to big amounts of time. 

Music on Your Commute

Unfortunately, many people have long commutes to and from work. Fortunately, these long commutes are great opportunities to listen to music. Driving in a car? Turn on the radio or plug in your phone with an auxiliary cord. Taking public transportation? Bring with some earbuds or headphones and listen away.

Music Breaks at Work

Everyone has small breaks throughout the work day, even the people with the busiest work schedules. If you want to incorporate more music into your day-to-day, consider listening to music during your lunch breaks and your work breaks. Listening to music for a few minutes here and there throughout your work day can really add up over days and weeks. If you normally take breaks at work anyway, why not incorporate music into this downtime? 

Join a Music Class

Interested in learning how to play an instrument? Making music can be a great way to stimulate and engage your mind. If you’re having trouble fitting music into your daily routine, signing up for a music class can be a good way to stay committed to making music. With life’s other demands and responsibilities, committing to weekly music lessons will ensure that you are able to fit music into your busy lifestyle. 

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Everyone has responsibilities around the house, whether it’s sticking to your exercise regimen or doing chores. These times throughout the day are perfect moments for engaging with music. 

At-Home Opportunities

In addition to listening to music in the mornings and at work, there are also many ways you can incorporate music into your weekday evenings and your downtime on the weekends. 

Exercise and Music

Exercising is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. Medical experts recommend that adults get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day, and workouts can be a perfect time to listen to music. Create a running playlist or listen to relaxing music while doing yoga — either way, you’ll be increasing your engagement with music and improving your health. 

Chores Around the House

Chores can be a drag, but there are some things that just need to be done. Whether you’re doing the dishes, folding laundry, dusting your bedroom, or cleaning out the garage, listening to music can help make monotonous household maintenance more enjoyable. 

Music Before Bed

Just like in the morning, listening to music in the evening before you go to bed can be a great way to unwind and calm down after a long day. Put on classical, acoustic, or ambient music, and try some deep breathing before going to sleep. 

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In the midst of our busy lives, it’s important to carve out time for activities that benefit our health and well-being — and this includes listening to music. 

In between our work schedules and other responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time for hobbies and other enriching activities. Fortunately, if you are looking to incorporate more music into your daily routine, there are simple ways to increase the amount of time you spend engaging with music throughout the day. Try any one of these tips and recommendations — you might be surprised by how small musical moments add up.

Annabeth Collis
Annabeth Collis is a writer from Buffalo, NY.
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