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How Does Music Influence You?

By Tiki Welcome

Recently, I was teaching a class that was made up of boys and girls between the ages 7-13 years old. There was a recess break in which they grouped themselves based on familiarity and comfortability – Boys vs. Girls. The boys were all indulging in being cheerleaders or talking smack as each other takes a chance on the game. The girls were having an array of conversations that simply came and went. At this point I was in supervision mood but clearly not paying keen attention to every word uttered.

As time went on- the conversation among the girls were about the song pergunson. I mean the reflect of attention the boys displayed from the video games to musical conversation rapidly happened. It brought excitement, it showcased cognitive behaviors of great memory of lyrics. It brought about conversations of what it meant and if anyone among them ( extended to family/associates) have ever indulge in the very thing.

This fixation caused me to stop and ponder how influential music is to us as adults and how impressionable it is on younger individuals.
Music has the power to set and change our moods. Have you ever heard a song that immediately makes you think of a sad or emotional thing you’ve been through? It forces you to think about that very thing that you may have been avoiding. It applies light and in that moment it may bring clarity. Then, there are times we wake up feeling gloomy and you turn on some “trap music” or “soca music” that builds your energy and allows dophamine to release. But music does more than elevate your mood, it influences the way we think and the things we become interested in.

It represents culture, it tells us what is prevalent and what we should give a try- what is morally right and wrong. And music isn’t the definite cause for violent behavior but it is an inhibitor. Music carries much more power than we know so let’s be aware and allow our music to be those of positive influence.

Breaking Bad Habits

By: Tikesha Welcome

Habits are deemed as things that we practice; usually in an unconscious state of mind. Bad habits are especially hard to give up and usually adds no value to us as an individuals. Take a minute to evaluate your day to day actions- I’m sure you can find at least one regular tendency that you can rid yourself of. Whether it be constantly checking your phone, never completing a task or even having limited amount of patience in certain situations.

Now, you may be wondering how can you eliminate something that you have been doing for a long amount of time. Good news, there is still hope for you. However, habits sometimes become a part of who we are. So first it’s important to become aware of when and where you are practicing the act. It is very potent that we input this information in a journal or notepad. Logging the surrounding emotions before you do the act and thoughts after you have completed it. This allows you to become conscious and it helps to determine ways in which you can eliminate it. For example, do you find new ideas to be exciting but become anxious when confronted with difficult steps to complete the project at hand? Maintain a record of what kind of ideas bring about the excitement and when or what causes the anxiety.

Now, that we have identified the behavior it is important that we find a solution or a good replacement. When confronted with exciting ideas, it is important that we maintain the momentum- allocate a specific period of time to work on each idea separately and create a list of daily goals to be completed. This will promote time management and reduces the stress that comes with completing a large project. Once each idea is fermented, it is easy to combine them all together and before you know it the project is completed with no anxiety.

Remember, we are in control of our thoughts and what we practice. Let our habits be ones that brings about true excellence.

“I never could have done what I have done without habits of punctuality, order and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” Charles Dickens