28 October 2017

Getting Through Everyday Life With Music


Hey Everyone! Hope you are all well. It's finally Friday! Yay! Well I mean, yay for those of you who are actually off this weekend. As usual I am working. However I am trying to think as positive as possible because I have lots of exciting things planned for the next couple of weeks. On Sunday evening I am going to the talented Rob Houchen's new EP launch. He played Marius in Les Miserables in the West End and is INSANELY talented. Then on Monday I am going to see Collabro in Southend with one of my closest friends Beki.  If you have been following my blog for a while now then you will know how much I adore Collabro. I've been to all their tours and have supported all their individual projects if I can so I am super excited to see them again on this tour as I know they will be absolutely amazing. On Tuesday evening which is Halloween I am going to Big Easy in Covent Garden for a meal and a few drinks with some of my best friends from university and I couldn't be more excited. After a super stressful few weeks at work and home I'm just excited to have a bit of a social life over the next few days. Anyway, enough of that. Today I thought I would do a little bit of a different post for you all today all about music and how I use it to get me through each day of my life.

Music is something that has been in my life for absolute ever. From being in my Dad's car listening to music by the Beatles, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield to discovering bands like Westlife, artists like Taylor Swift and even music from the West End, music is just something that has always been there even on my darkest days. So before I beat the record for the longest introduction in the world here's how I use music each and every day for different reasons.

A Little Pick Me Up In The Morning - The first thing I do in the morning when I wake up is switch my radio on and I'll either have Heart FM, Capital or Kiss playing. I absolutely love all three of these stations and I just find putting music on first thing in the morning is one of those things that can really help me get out of bed because I do tend to be one of those people that doesn't move in the morning unless I absolutely have to. I definitely find putting music on first thing is definitely one of those things that can slowly transform you into a morning person. No word of a lie!

On Long Journeys (public transport, long plane rides etc) - The other day I had to go up to London to pick up my visas for going to China next month and I left my headphones at home and you've no idea how much of a torture that is. I've got two pair of iPhone headphones and since then I always keep one in my bag as I never want to go through that again. I just find that having music with you on long journey not only helps keep you sane but can also help a long journey feel a lot quicker. I always create different playlists for long car or plane journeys as I find they can really help. It's important to have an amazing playlist. 

Gym & Exercise Motivation - I'm not really a gym person. However I am slowly becoming better and I am going a lot more regularly. Normally on my days off or evenings when I'm not really doing a lot. I will definitely never be one of those people who goes to the gym early in the morning. Whether I am going for a run or to the actual gym music is definitely the motivation that I need to help me achieve my goals and really does help whip me into gear. Currently obsession for the gym is 'Power' by Little Mix. Ultimate motivating song. I also find that listening to any of the playlists on the workout section of spotify also really helpful and motivating.

Blogging/Work Motivation - I have always been one of those people that has needed music to help me when it comes to work, school and even blogging. I was never able to revise or do an assignment at school or university without music playing in the background even if it was very soft and quiet in the background. It just helps me focus and concentrate more and again it's a great motivation tool as well.

The Soundtrack To My Skincare/Pamper Routine - Is there anything better than having a bit of a pamper night with the best new tunes playing in the background. I always tend to do my pamper nights when there is nobody at home. I tend to just turn up the volume on my phone or stereo (yes I still have a stereo) and just sing along (very badly) to the songs at the top of my lungs. It always helps me relax. Right now I'm obsessed with Havana by Camilla Cabello. So good!

To Help Calm Me Down - On days where I am perhaps feeling a little sad and upset (most of you will know I suffer from anxiety and depression) I always tend to put music on however I always find this very hit and miss. When I listen to music I always get very involved in the lyrics and a song can either help me completely or make me cry buckets which in itself tends to be a good thing as I get all that emotion out and can then just start all over. In my opinion I just think music is the best thing for helping with anything like nerves, anxiety or even if you're just having a bad day and don't think anything can make it better just pop on your favorite music and I can guarantee that you will feel a little bit better. I find listening to a bit of musical theater helps me and some of my favorite albums are by the lovely Collabro. They have three albums out filled with musical theater goodness that I'd highly recommend as not only do they have beautiful songs on them  but the voices are just so beautiful and will definitely calm you right down.

To Help Me Sleep - I cannot sleep without a film playing on my laptop or music in the background. I just cannot sleep without some form of music playing. It just relaxes and de-stresses me. It really annoys me parents because sometimes they think there is someone singing in the house that's not meant to be there. Oops.

So there we have it. Just a list of the way music helps me go about my everyday life. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post music is just a huge part of my life, as I'm sure it is for those of you who are reading this post. We literally can't go through life without it and no matter how you are feeling or where you are at that particular moment in time music will always be there. This post is getting a little bit sappy now so I'll end the post there. Music does wonders for my mood and definitely helps me be that little bit more productive. I tend to listen to spotify for all my music so if you are interested in seeing the kind of music I listen to be sure to head on over to 'Fleur Danielle Griffin'. Are you a music lover like me? How does it help you with your own everyday life? Let me know in the comments below and I'll speak to you in my next post. 

Hugs and Kisses

*SIDENOTE - I was inspired to write this post after reading THIS post by the lovely Em Sheldon. In her post she speaks about how she uses music to get her through the day and I thought it was such an amazing post idea and really wanted to do my own version as music is something that means the world to me. Before I get comments saying I've copied her idea, I tweeted Em asking her if it would be okay to write my own version and Em being the lovely person she is was very supportive and said yes so I hope you enjoy my version Em if you're reading this. Thank you for being the inspiration behind this post*
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