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FACE THE MUSIC
Bogged by work? Tune in to your favourite number. Violinist and training professional Sunita Bhuyan explains how music is a great stress-management tool
Looming deadlines, back-breaking targets, long hours, competition and demanding customers — quite sums up a young corporate’s career these days. Add to it problems such as anger and worry, and the result is predictable: psychosomatic diseases, stress and depression, all of which directly affect your productivity. Stress can’t be wished away, but your response to it certainly can, believes Sunita Bhuyan, a violinist, music therapist and head of training and development at Syntel, an IT/KPO organisation. “For success, what you need to develop is life skills — domain knowledge and business skills come next,” she notes.
Sunita has used her years of experience as an HR professional and corporate trainer, and her passion for music to develop a module, called the “Life Enrichment Programme” — a series of workshops that uses creative expressions, especially music, to help professionals cope with pressure. The other components include art, pottery, desktop yoga, dance and laughter therapy. An interesting part of the module is ‘Raaga to Bollywood’ — a way to imbibe the benefits of Indian classical music through hit Bollywood numbers.
The basic funda? Anything that’s not monitored and targeted, and enhances an individual’s creativity, makes him/her feel content. And a happy employee is a productive employee.
BE CREATIVE, BE FREE
Among all life enrichment tools, music is probably the simplest, most accessible and powerful one. To enjoy music, you only need to listen to get inspired. The scientific effects of some raagas for ailments such as hyper tension and cardiac problems have been well-documented. There are other benefits too:
• Music helps de-stress and regulate breathing
• It triggers the production of happy chemicals such as serotonin.
• Another chemical tryptophan helps induce sleep, calm anxiety and relieve depression.
• Certain raagas help lower blood pressure, boost immunity and ease muscle tension
• It stimulates good vibrations in the nerves and increases capacity for planning.
In a nutshell, it provides all the tools you need to be a better, healthier and stress-free professional.
UNDERSTAND THE RAAGAS
A basic understanding of how the “time theory” of classical music works is enough to reap its benefits. So the next time you go CD shopping, choose your music with a little care.
Buy stress-free music! There are plenty of options available. Use these guidelines to make a playlist for your entire day.
Off to work
You are preparing for a long day at office, hence need to be in a positive, energetic frame of mind. Morning raagas help boost metabolism. Examples include Raag Bhairav, Todi, Asavari, Ahir and Bhairav.
• Opens up your nervous system
• Lifts endorphins, boosts confidence levels and helps you feel calm. Also lowers blood pressure.
• Helps beat indigestion, which is a result of gastric juices working overtime due to tension. So if you have a difficult meeting planned, you know what to listen to.
Your body feels sluggish in the afternoon and lethargy creeps in after a heavy lunch. Listen to songs with notes of Raag Bhimpalashri, Kafi and Dhani.
• Peps you up and gets you back on track
• Invokes a cool, soothing and deep mood.
Evening raagas are romantic — just the right thing you need after a hectic day. Most of these raagas are very visual, giving you images of love, colours and nature. Examples: Raag Yaman, Hansadhwani, Bihang and Bahar. They are found in most romantic Hindi songs and qawaalis.
• The upbeat combination of notes eases tension
• Have a peaceful, sonorous effect on the body.
Late night raagas help you relax, cure insomnia and have a soothing lullaby effect. E.g.: Raag Bhagyashree.
DANCE TO BOLLYWOOD
Else, if you don’t want to understand the nuances of classical music, just sing along your favourite Bollywood songs! So if you are humming a hardcore item number such as Tu cheez badi hai mast mast… you are listening to raag Bhimpalashri. Kaise Paheli from Parineeta and the tapori song Lage Raho Munnabhai have their base in raag Bilawal, The soundtrack of the new Umraon Jaan numbers is based on raaga Yaman and so on.
— CO-ORDINATED BY LEKHA MENON
Sunita Bhuyan USE MUSIC AT WORK AND LIFE
• Arrange playlists on your MP3 player based on the benefits of raagas
• If you head an organisation, arrange for the pipe music at your workplace according to these raagas
• If you have an independent cubicle, play music constantly (softly of course!), on your laptop
• Don’t hesistate to hum along (never mind what your co-passenger think)
• Take care to listen to music in the right doses. Don’t overdo it, you might end up making your system immune to its benefits!
• There’s nothing like doing it yourself. Enroll for a vocal or instrumental music class in your free time.
A workshop on music therapy for professionals in progress