The Benefits Of Listening To Classical Music When You Study

It’s no secret that school can be stressful, especially around final season. The coffee and lack of sleep aren’t doing anything to help your heart rate, then there are other options that you’ve used to calm down, but they always seem to pull you away from the desk. Whether it’s going for a jog, calling a friend, or taking a break to watch some movies, none of these things help you to relax and stay focused while you’re in the moment. 

So, what can you do to prevent anxiety while working on even your most stressful tasks? One practice scientists have found to be a reliable amplifier for performance in school is listening to classical music!

You’ve heard that classical music helps babies learn languages early on or even helps your window-side tomato plant grow better. It turns out that it can be applied to your studies too!

Here are a few of the many benefits to listening to classical music when you’re working: It helps with focus, calmness, brain function, and retaining information. Altogether, classical music can help you do better in school and develop a workflow that eases your stress levels.

But what’s the secret behind classical music? What is the extent of the classical music benefits and how does it scientifically improve your grades? Let’s find out…

Classical Music Helps You Stay Calm

If you’ve ever felt calmer reading a book on a rainy day or felt a little less stressed around some nearby waves, you know that certain sounds can have a pacifying effect. The same concept can be applied to listening to classical music. Classical music is composed and performed in a way that helps your brain release more dopamine. Studies have found that compositions from musicians like Mozart can interact with your brain to improve your mood on a chemical level, thus increasing your productivity and overall happiness! 

When your brain is flooded with dopamine while you’re studying, you’re more motivated to continue the sensation and absorb the material that’s in front of you. It’s similar to the natural, exercise-induced dopamine rush that compels athletes to push a little harder during a workout.

The dopamine produced by the tempo, instruments, and composition of classical music helps to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Rather than getting frustrated with classes or particularly challenging assignments, listening to Bach could help alleviate those feelings weighing you down. When you’re less discouraged when studying, you are more likely to return to the task feeling upbeat, confident, and ready to enjoy the challenge ahead. 

Classical Music Provides a Motivation Boost

Another brain benefit of listening to classical music while you study is that recharges your willpower and beats burnout. Studying complex math equations or combing through dense literature can feel rather tiresome when you’re at it for hours on end. Your brain is working at full-steam to evaluate new material and store information for later, which can tax your will to persevere.

Think of brain power like a battery charge. Every time you have to work through another math equation, the meter goes down one notch. But when you have a constant source of dopamine-production, it can actually help recharge your willpower. Other activities that recharge the brain are sleeping or doing a meditation, both of which are proven study aids. When you listen to classical music, you’ll be able to continue working in good spirits and feel less bogged down when you engage in free time outside of studies. 

Classical Music Promotes Better Physical Health 

It’s clear that listening to classical music while you study can provide mental and emotional benefits, but did you know this genre can also improve your physical health by reducing stress? When classical music releases dopamine in your brain, it can turn a stressful situation into a more relaxing and engaging learning environment. This can help lower your blood pressure as opposed to other “more exciting” genres like jazz, country, or rock music. Classical music—especially pieces that avoid dips and dives with big orchestral sections—can peacefully combine violins, clarinets, harps, and the piano to put your body at ease. 

Using soothing classical music to wind down when you study can make other corrections in your body in the long term. The lowered blood pressure effect from classical music is associated with slower, healthier breathing. Instead of hunching over your desk or cradling your knees to self-soothe while doing homework, classical music can help steady your breathing and expand your stomach, chest, and lungs. With slower breathing, you’re more likely to improve your posture and increase blood flow, making you more alert for your work. 

These benefits of listening to classical music while you study are long lasting and can lead to better lifestyle. If you can stay relaxed while engaging in your most stressful tasks, your body can recover more easily while you sleep, so you will retain more information when you need it later. 

Crank up the Tchaikovsky!

As students approach finals, it’s important to remember that studying and health are deeply connected. The healthier the student, the better they can study. Using classical music to destress can be key to maintaining good grades and staying healthy during long study sessions. 

If you’re looking for recommendations on how best to incorporate classical music into your study habits, you may want to look to artists like: 

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
  • Johan Sebastian Bach
  • Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
  • Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc 
  • Achille-Claude Debussy
  • Frydreyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Erik Satie
  • Gabriel Fauré 

Each of these composers have the potential to help you make the most of these benefits. So, the next time you need to stay up for a long night of studying, it may benefit you to take a trip to the 1700s for your next study playlist. 

 

Transitional Pieces From Femme Luxe

Spring is always a funny time when it comes to our wardrobes, as the weather is just so changeable. This week is a key example of this, above average, indeed record temperatures for March that will turn to snow by the beginning of next week. This makes dressing on any given day a minefield, but it’s why we should also have some good transitional pieces in our wardrobes too.

This Spring there is the added excitement of the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants after lockdown, and the fact that this might have us looking at our going out wardrobe, hardly used for the last year, and deciding it needed some updating. Femme Luxe has some great going out tops that will be fine teamed with jeans when we start to emerge from our Winter hibernation, including corset tops and puffed sleeve tops that will look great now, and as we move into Summer.

But back to transitional pieces, what does our wardrobe need that we will wear now, and then probably head back to in Autumn? What sort of pieces really earn their keep in our wardrobes, and can fashionable items ever be considered classics too?

The Longline Jumper and Faux Leather Leggings

I have to be honest and say I’m not the world’s biggest fan when it comes to leggings, but I honestly don’t think anything looks better with a longline jumper. The Stone Oversized Split Side Knitted Jumper is just gorgeous, with a ribbed style, a great neutral colour and the side split detail which makes them perfect when worn over leggings. This is an oversized style so you can size down unless you want to wear it really slouchy. I wore the XL (which says 12-14) and this is a perfect fit everywhere, including the arms and shoulders, as well as the length (I’m 5ft 7). The neutral shade makes it great to be worn as a base for long necklaces, chunky gold jewellery or a brighter coloured or patterned scarf.

The oversized side split jumper looks great when teamed with the Catriona Black High Waisted Faux Leather Look Leggings. The sheen of the leather look leggings makes them look a more luxurious choice than a pair of cotton/lycra leggings, but they have the same, comfortable elasticated waistband and stretch. They are also high waisted, which is an absolute must if, like me, you carry your weight on your waist. They are great teamed with trainers, but you could also add a pair of boots if the weather was cooler, or even strappy heels in summer, all would work equally well.

Because both the jumper and the leggings are a neutral colour palette, you can pretty much add accessories in any colour you like. I chose to add a colour pop red Biba bag and some rose gold Superga trainers to the look to keep it casual and comfortable.

Longline Knitted Cardigan

This longline cardigan is a perfect piece for those days that are too warm to need a coat, but not warm enough to not wear anything. A longline cardigan can be worn with pretty much anything and for any occasion, I chose to wear it over a faux leather skirt and t-shirt, with a scarf that matched the colour of the cardigan, which again was a lovely neutral stone shade.

This cardigan is a piece that will work in your wardrobe forever. It is warm and yet also looks really stylish. Worn over jeans it is perfect for the school run, worn over a dress it can be a really elegant look. The colour will work with so many other shades and also teams with prints like my animal print boots and printed scarf.

If you are looking for some good, transitional pieces to get you through the Spring, I would definitely recommend that you check out Femme Luxe.

 

 

 

 

 

Stylish Films: Murder Mystery

In recent years, there have been a slew of films and TV that owe more than a debt to the work and style of Agatha Christie. Two such examples have been Death In Paradise, where all the suspects are always gathered together at the end to reveal the murderer, and the hit film Knives Out, where the cast of suspects in the stately old house could certainly have been lifted from an Agatha plot. The latest addition to the Agatha tribute category is Murder Mystery, a Netflix original which has all the ingredients of Christie – a star studded cast, a beautiful setting and ingenious murders where anyone could be the culprit.

As I seem to be saying a lot recently when it comes to movies, Murder Mystery isn’t brilliant, but it is beautiful escapism, due to that cast (Jennifer Aniston, Gemma Arterton, Adam Sandler, Luke Evans, Terence Stamp and David Walliams amongst others.). In days when we still can’t travel, the sumptuous South of France setting is sunny and stunning, certainly something you can wallow in. It’s also great fun watching the star studded names getting bumped off in numerous ways, including a classic ‘lights out’ scenario.

My favourite character from the illustrious cast is the actress Grace Ballard, played by Gemma Arteron, who is certainly in the vein of characters like Arlena Marshall from Evil Under the Sun, and Jane Wilkinson from Lord Edgware Dies as she is beautiful, gloriously costumed, and could be either the heroine or the villain of the piece.

Shiori Kutsuna also looks amazing throughout as Suzi, giving off Kate Moss 1990’s vibes in her bodycon cutaway dress, another character who could be hero or villain, particularly as she is at the centre of the initial murder, as the fiancee of the first victim, the billionaire Quince (Terence Stamp) and former fiancee of another suspect Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans).

Murder Mystery isn’t great, but it is fun, and as already mentioned, the beautiful clothes, beautiful settings and beautiful people make it a good way to wile away a couple of hours.

Murder Mystery is currently available in Netflix.