Hearts of Space is one of those constants in my life that I never tell anyone about. It’s a little strange, and not particularly “catchy”.
None of the songs have poetic lyrics or infectous guitar riffs. In fact, it’s almost as if Hearts of Space beams you up into it’s starship, takes you on a vacation and spits you out at home when it’s over. Sometimes you don’t remember where you’ve been.
Recently, I discovered the Hearts of Space app. I have been swept away, night after night; lulled away into a world of unbounded creativity. I find that the shows make a perfect backdrop for creative writing, drawing or sewing.
With finals week approaching, many people will be looking for ways to get the most out of their study time. Some attempt to get extra study time in by “cramming” for the exam but this doesn’t always work. Some are so afraid of tests that they get test anxiety and can’t sleep. Current research points to classical music as an effective study and concentration aid and according to a recent article by Allison Engel in Imperial Valley News:”Classical music can help soothe insomnia.”
“A team of researchers at the University of Toronto found that tuning into classical music before bedtime helped people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Works by Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Strauss and Bach were effective sleep aids because they use rhythms and tonal patterns that create a meditative mood and slow brainwaves, the study found.” To read more, visit Studying for Finals? Let Classical Music Help.
I found this 6 hour Classical Music playlist by DJ Ja Big on YouTube helpful:
Also, if you want help with test anxiety, try this Test Anxiety Hypnosis Session for College Students by Sheri Zampelli:
Many experts and students alike agree that music can be a great way to get destressed. In an piece titled Relaxation tips to de-stress your life during finals, Madison McIntyre writes:
Get your jam on. Make a playlist of your favorite songs with a quick beat. The music will help you accomplish homework and get you in the zone. Some people recommend instrumental music, I recommend anything that won’t lead to hours of lip synching.
Maybe you have kids in school who are being tested. This article Anxiety: How can we support our youth? has some words of wisdom for youth and adults alike. Mary McPhail Gray writes:
(Youth) should as much as possible have a chance to be physically active in a positive way — going for a run/walk, climbing/jumping to increase their body’s natural serotonins and provide a stress-relieving “high.”
Mary McPhail Gray also writes:
Favorite music that takes their minds off worries and good nutrition are additional ways to combat anxiety.
Below, take your choice of the How to Take a Test: RAP for kids and for the adults a hypnosis MP3 for test anxiety.
This Test Anxiety MP3 was recorded at a workshop for Orange Coast College Re-entry Students. Enjoy it free here and look for additional Hypnosis MP3s by Sheri Zampelli at various outlets such as iTunes and CD Baby.