There is so much value in making our living spaces comfortable for ourselves. Being able to feel like ourselves at home is an act of self-care. This doesn’t always have to mean rearranging furniture or making new purchases. It’s not necessarily the first thing we think of, but sound can be an easy way to make our environment more peaceful. I’ll often have music on in the house to help amplify whatever mood I’m trying to achieve.
Music is great for times we feel overwhelmed with thoughts or feelings we don’t know how to process because it speaks to something deeper inside of ourselves. Sometimes listening to my favorite artist can have a bigger impact on my mood than anything I’ve read that day. Our unconscious selves speak so many languages and it’s good to vary the ways that we make contact with them.
Playing music can give us access to a new level of control over our space. I don’t know about you but I can often feel disturbed by the sounds of traffic outside, noisy neighbors or car alarms. It can make us feel claustrophobic or irritated when we feel our space is being invaded by noise. Putting on your favorite playlist or artist can provide some peace and escape.
Music can work magic to summon whatever energy you want to invite, whether it’s energy and happiness or stillness and calm. I’ve made a couple of playlists of some of my favorite music in the hopes that this week can be one of peace, rest, and happiness for all of us.
If you’ve tuned into my live streams on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a taste of this playlist. This is the music that starts my day, gets me out of bed and inspires me to do something each day that I’m proud of, even if that’s something as simple as taking care of myself so I can get up again tomorrow.
Calm Weekend is all about lowering blood pressure, shutting out all the chaos and giving yourself a moment to embrace the peace in the middle of chaos. I hope it makes your home a restorative haven to spend the weekend.
High Energy is filled with my favorite happy music, to give us a boost when we need it most. It’s always shocking to me how much better I feel after I move around a bit; hopefully at least a few of these songs inspire you to dance in your kitchen, have a laugh, and add a bit of levity to your day.
This is a playlist of long, ambient tracks that make it easy to give yourself time to sit still and look within. Whether you’re already on a meditation journey, looking to start one, or just need soft sounds to help you fall asleep, these songs always help put me in a more tranquil and open state of mind.
While so much about music is universal, it’s also extremely personal. If you have the time, try putting together a few playlists for yourself full of the music that makes you feel happiest, calmest, or most grateful. Take some time to curate sounds for an environment that helps you feel at home.
Let me know what kind of playlist ends up suiting you the best by tagging @carrieannconversations on Instagram— I’d love to know if this works for you, and what music helps bring you peace in your home.