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What kind of music gives me more energy?

What kind of music gives me more energy?

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” What Friedrich Nietzsche so aptly stated more than a hundred years ago still strikes the “right tone” today. From our own experience, we know exactly what sensations music – especially our favourite song – can awaken in us.  

However, the idea that certain sounds have a specific influence on our mood, our energy balance and our well-being is still relatively new and is currently being actively investigated in research.  

For instance, what exactly does music do in the body? How can we increase our well-being and recharge our energy reserves by listening to certain songs? What music helps us relax or even fall asleep?  

We have summarised the results of our research here, and listed some effective songs for your personal energy and relaxation playlist.  

Read on and have a listen – you will be glad you did! 

The physical effect of music

Numerous studies have already confirmed that listening to music demonstrably affects our autonomic nervous system. This means that it can influence certain body processes, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and even hormone balance.  

Our brain also reacts positively to certain sounds we hear. Within the “reward system”, it is possible to detect the release of dopamine, which is so important for our well-being, and at the same time, less of the stress hormone cortisol is released. 

And last but not least, music is also a universal language, understandable to everyone, and seems to have direct access to our innermost emotions. How and why is not yet fully understood. What is known, however, is that music immediately releases feelings and takes a firm hold in the brain and memory in a way unlike almost every other form of expression.  

Given all these factors, it comes as no surprise that listening to music has been shown to affect our mood and also our energy levels: listening to the right music at the right time makes us happy, alert, sleepy, relaxed, lets us recharge or gives us the necessary energy kick. In short: whether it is a favourite song or sounds that are still unfamiliar to us, music can make a general and significant contribution to our well-being

Music to our ears...

These sounds help you relax!

After a difficult, stressful day, you are finally back at home – so what now? Our recommendation is to turn on the music and enjoy!  

If you are looking for relaxation, classical and instrumental tracks are recommended. Why? With compositions from these genres, we can focus entirely on the music – on melody, harmony and rhythm – as opposed to more text-heavy songs, where the words we hear dominate our attention. 

At the same time, classical music in particular regulates our heartbeat, and listening to it makes our breathing more even. Some studies demonstrate that listening to certain music can lower blood pressure. As a result, we feel good, our muscles loosen up and we can slowly relax and re-energise.  

Whether before an important appointment or for a good and deep sleep, if you want to relax, one instrumental piece has proven to be particularly suitable: Weightless by Marconi Union.  

It is eight minutes of melodic sounds, underlaid with catchy frequencies. Its success is measurable: listening to this piece of music reduced the stress level felt by the test subjects by 65 percent. That certainly sounds promising! 

Our recommendations for your playlist 

Marconi Union - Weightless 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) 

Ludwig van Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (op. 27, No. 2) 

Frédéric Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu (op. 66)  

Claude Debussy - La Mer 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K. 550) 

Thank you for the music

More concentration and mindfulness

Whether studying, working or concentrating on manual tasks, music can support us in moments when our full attention is required. Again, these are instrumental pieces that should activate our minds but not distract us too much from what we are doing.

Studies show that our brains can remember content better when we are bathed in soothing music. However, the important thing is to surround ourselves with a fairly constant level of background noise. For this reason, we recommend pieces of music in which natural sounds such as a babbling brook can be heard.  

Another kind of music scientists recommend is baroque music. Compositions by Arcangelo Corelli or Vivaldi have been shown to promote the ability to concentrate.  

Our recommendations for your playlist 

Arcangelo Corelli 
Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8, Adagio 
La follia     

Vivaldi 
The Four Seasons 

Johann Sebastian Bach 
- English and French Suites 
- Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 

Ludwig van Beethoven 
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major (op. 58) 

And: This relaxing music for concentration with nature sounds … 

Rhythm in the blood

Fast beats for that much-needed kick of energy

When it comes to music, the key to more energy is of course rhythm. When this speeds up, not only do our motivation and stamina increase, but our energy level goes up significantly as well. The invigorating adrenaline slowly spreads throughout our body and we feel revitalised.  

No matter whether we are listening to songs with words or purely instrumental compositions – a fast, catchy rhythm really gets us going.  

This effect is amplified when you actively sing along with the music. After all, not only is singing fun, but the effect of steadily breathing in and out is similar to participating in an energising yoga session. Afterwards, you will feel holistically strengthened and recharged – guaranteed.  

Dancing along is of course also allowed, whether in the evening after a stressful day at work or in the morning after getting up.  

Did you know? Music can help you wake up faster and start the day more refreshed. Reason enough to swap the beeping of your mobile phone’s alarm clock for a slowly building, instrumental favourite. 

Our recommendations for your playlist 

Aretha Franklin - Respect 

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger 

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive 

The Beach Boys - Wouldn’t It Be Nice 

Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now 

By all means, add your personal favourites! 

Energetic and holistic in balance

Our well-being depends on many different factors. Apart from music, we can also do our bodies and minds a lot of good with a balanced diet, enough sleep and a mindful attitude. To help the energy-yielding metabolism1 function at its best, we additionally recommend Basica® Energy – for more strength for body and mind.  

 

1Vitamin B12, B6, B1, B2, biotin and copper support a healthy energy-yielding metabolism.