Preparing For A Workout The Right Way

Getting ready for a workout is a very important part of it being actually productive; you’re going to need to get your mind about body ready for what you’re about to put it through so you’re going to want to make sure that it’s properly prepared! But what are the things you should be doing in order to make the most out of your workout? Well, if you read on you’re going to find out!

Pre Workout Supplements

As we all know, our bodies can only run off what we put inside them. We turn what our stomach receives into glucose and other respiratory substances so that our bodies can keep going! So, it makes sense to highlight the importance of what we take pre workout as it’s going to be kicking in just before and during our workout. There are multiple things you can take such as oxygen portable right before a set to get enough oxygen to your muscles or BCAAs to get that extra bit of protein into your muscles so that repair and growth can happen straight away!

Warm Up Sets

Warming up is possibly one of the most important thing in any work out; you don’t see professional lifters, runners, or any other kind of athlete for that matter doing anything without warming up first! But what does warming up actually do? Well, it does two things; it gets enough oxygen into your muscles to get ready for some hard respiration, so that you’re not going to have to wait for a minute or two to get your oxygen supplies up, and it stretches your muscles out. When your muscles go from not being used at all to being used loads, a lot of unnecessary tension builds up in the microfibrils which can lead to injuries. If you’re looking for more on warm ups and what will suit you, have a read of this!

Listening To Music

This sounds slightly daft, however it has been proven to have a positive effect upon people’s athletic performance, but why? Well, before a workout if you listen to certain songs that you resonate with you can get an increased amount of hormones released into your body, the one of most importance is going to be testosterone due to it’s aggressive behavioural effects that lead to increased muscular performance. Music is a great psychological factor too as it’s able to distract you from your workout whilst you’re actually doing it! There are a load more benefits to music that you can read about here.

Doing all of these things before your workout is going to massively improve your performance! Use some supplements to get more oxygen and protein into your body for when you need it most, listen to music that gets you going to release hormones and to get you psychologically prepared and make sure you warm up correctly so that you don’t injure yourself! Of course after your workout you’re going to want to eat the right foods to make sure that everything  you’ve done hasn’t gone to waste, so read this to get up to date on the best foods to eat!

Meet Up and Coming Singer Kylie Hughes

 

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious when someone is born a star. When she was little, singer Kylie Hughes would belt out Disney tunes (her favorite was the Hercules soundtrack). Now, she has a number of musical accomplishments under her belt, including producing an EP when she was fourteen, performing at music festivals, and sharing the stage with several well-known artists such as the Beach Boys, Jesse McCartney, and Building 429. She’s also opened for a John Mayer concert and performed a duet at Carnegie Hall with Michael W. Smith.

Kylie is a Cali girl at heart, and a lot of her music is inspired by California and the fun, upbeat, sunny lifestyle. When asked about her style of music, she said she dabbles in a little bit of everything, from pop to country. “I love how blurred the lines of music genres are these days. You can almost do anything.” Her debut album features an array of beautiful, original songs such as “Heat,” “Love Somebody Else,” and her personal favorite, “Gotta Get Out.” She says that it’s very fun to perform live because there is a bit of call and response, and she feels really connected to the audience on that one.

Besides singing, she loves interior design and traveling. “I actually love living out of a bag from time to time. It keeps me spontaneous.” When asked about what advice she has for other young singers, she said this: “Stick to your guns and don’t be afraid to try and fail. You will gain invaluable lessons. But if you are going to take a risk, do it because YOU want to, not because you feel pressure from other people. Trust your gut.”

Be sure to check out her website and follow all her socials (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) for updates, including information on when her new music video is coming out!

 

Written by Anna Tallarico

Photo credit: Shalon Goss

 

Chit Chatting with Singer April Kry

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Country singer/songwriter April Kry is already making a name for herself. With her music, she is already touching fans and making a difference in their lives. Soon, April will be coming out with more music and I am definitely looking forward to it! Read on and find out more about April, her music, and her fans. When you have a moment, just stop by her social media to hear her music.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

A: I actually grew up in a very musical home. My dad was the worship leader at our church, so growing up I remember seeing him on stage. On the weekends he had a band that we would go see and help with merchandise. I always just kind of knew music was what I was meant to do.

 

R: Tell our readers about your song “While We’re Young.”

A: “While We’re Young” is a song about taking chances and living in the moment. In this day and age, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the craziness of life. Sometimes we forget to take a step back and just be. I wanted to write a song that touched on that. Of course, young love portrays the sentiment so well because of how free and innocent you are when you first fall in love, so the music video for it tells that story to the viewer/listener!

R: Tell us about any other music you have written or performed.

A: That is definitely a broad question! I’ve been writing music for a while now. Whenever I put out new music, it paints a picture of where I am in life, so I think this next wave of music from me you are going to hear an honesty and vulnerability that you haven’t heard before.

 

R: Do you have any plans on recording an album and/or EP in the future?

A: Yes! I will have new music out in the fall and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

 

R: Not only are you a singer, but you also write your own songs. What is your writing process and how do you come up with the ideas for your songs?

A: Writing music is so therapeutic for me, and it is different every time I write. That’s what I love about it so much. You have no idea what is going to come of a melody or title idea you have when you walk into a room of writers. I love watching songs come to life.

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

A: If you go to AprilKry.com there will be links to Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and anywhere else you can find my music!

 

R: What are your top five songs that you like to sing in the car or in your room?

A: Currently, “Helpless” by John Mayer, “Body On Fire” by Maggie Rose, “RESPECT” by Aretha Franklin, “Human Diary” by Danielle Bradberry, and “Think and Drive” by Seth Ennis.

 

R: What are five things people many not know about you?

A: I’m an amazing dancer (insert sacrcasm), I love to cook, I’m sometimes awkward in social settings, and I’m the worst driver I know! I’m also almost blind without my glasses.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My dad, without a doubt. He has given up so much to help me get to where I am today. He’s so humble, hard-working, and talented. I’m quite a lucky girl to have his and my mom’s support.

 

R: What has been your biggest influence?

A: My faith and music. This business will either give you thick skin or make you realize you don’t want to do this. For me, music is everything. Even through the storms, I find my strength in my faith and music.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

A: I have to say my favorite memory so far has been performing at the legendary Apollo theater!

 

R: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Live like you’re at the bottom even when you’re at the top.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A: Hmm…I’ve been pretty lucky so far! One time I got asked if I had any tattoos and if so, where are they?

 

R: What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?

A: I had a girl send me a five page letter explaining how much my music has helped her through some really hard times in her life. Those are the moments that make it all worth it.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: I love my Krybabies!! Don’t forget to check out my latest cover on YouTube!

 

Photo credit: Kara Roundtree

Getting Started On Guitar

Many of you will agree that there’s no instrument quite as cool as a guitar. From tranquil, airy pop ballads to the blistering solos of metal, this instrument can fill a wide variety of roles, and even if you’re not much of a player, you’re going to look good with one hanging over your neck! Whether you’ve got a dream of being a pro musician or just want to see what all the fuss is about, here are some great tips for getting started with guitar.

Pick Your Instrument

The guitar industry is absolutely huge. If you have a look around any music store, you could quickly begin to feel overwhelmed by all the different makes and models. The first thing you want to do is find out about the technical differences between types of electric guitars via buzzharmony.com or a similar website. Your choice here is mainly going to depend on the kind of music you want to play. Cutaway acoustics are better for country, for example, and through-neck electrics with Floyd roses are better for rock and metal. The next main piece of advice we can offer is not to spend too much, or too little. While you generally get what you pay for with guitars, you don’t want to spend $1,500 on a new Stratocaster, only to drop the hobby a few weeks in. Many low and mid-range guitars get a decent tone, and will teach you the basics, which is what your first guitar should be for.

Get a Head Start

As you may be aware, some of the greatest guitarists who ever lived were completely self-taught, including Jimi Hendrix and Slash. However, if you want to get the best possible start in playing guitar, we recommend getting at least a small block of professional lessons. Having a teacher observe you can help to wean you off of some of the common bad habits that beginner guitarists tend to pick up. These really aren’t anything to worry about when you’re first starting out, but as you try to tackle more advanced music, they can become a major obstacle. Look up a local tutor, or find a service that allows you to take lessons over Skype. After around ten hours, you’ll have a good enough foundation to go it alone if you want to. The internet is bursting with YouTube tutorials on songs and techniques, not to mention a whole library of free tablature, covering almost every song with a guitar part!

Practice, Practice, Practice

We’ll close with the most important tip of all. A lot of people get frustrated with slow starts in music, and wonder why they’re not making the progress they want. The whole mystery is actually one of the simplest concepts in the world: the more you practice, the better you’ll get, and the sooner you’ll get where you want to be. There are going to be times where you don’t want to play guitar, but you have to power through these if you want to see quick results! See uberchord.com for some great practice tips.

Could You Carve Out A Career In Music?

Do you dream of a career in music? Would you like to share your talent with the world and get paid (a lot) to do what you love? Working in music is a privilege and a pleasure and something that many young people aspire to. So many young people struggle to choose a career so you should congratulate yourself if you have already found something that you love and decided on the direction you want your career to take. The music celebrities that you see at gigs and online are just the tip of iceberg. There are thousands of other people working behind the scenes and in clubs and venues all over the country. They may not be household names but they are making a valuable contribution to this vibrant industry.

Types of music industry careers

Obviously, there are the performers (instrumentalists and vocalists) and the composers and songwriters. However, music is not limited to live gigs and chart releases. There are opportunities in film and television music, advertising, apps and religious organizations. Behind the scenes, the music producers and sound technology experts are making sure that it sounds perfect. At live venues, there are the promoters and stage managers as well as more music technologists and roadies.

There is plenty of PR and advertising associated with the music industry as well as TV, radio, DJs and music industry merchandise. If you like to analyze and teach music and musicology there are many careers in teaching. If you want to combine your love of music with writing, you could become a music journalist or even start your own music blog.

Helping yourself break into the music industry

You need to be skilled, versatile, have a good working knowledge of the industry, and have a thick skin because competition is high and you need to be able to deal with rejection! The best musicians are well-rounded and have a wide knowledge of how all parts of the industry work. It is never too early to start your education.

Familiarize yourself with all music genres (from classical to grime) to find what suits your skills and talents. Listen to as much music as you can, all the time! Keep up to date with all the latest trends in the music industry by reading industry magazines and checking out websites. There has been a revival of vinyl lately and this is the sort of thing that future employers would expect you to know about. If you like the idea of vinyl turntables you can search online to find one yourself by reading the reviews categorized by price. You can choose from the retro look that is identical to what your gran has in her loft or a sleeker modern model.

Network with people who work in the industry. Email them and ask if you can work as an intern or get some work experience. If you are a performer, set up your own YouTube channel and promote your work amongst your niche on social media. If you don’t get your stuff out there you will never be discovered!

Interview with Amanda Collins

Living in Nashville, when someone says, “I just moved to the area to pursue music,” there’s an inside voice of the listener that responds, “You, along with everyone else.”  It is that common.  Nashville is to musicians what Hollywood is to actors.  One or two might “succeed” while thousands of others . . . “don’t.”

So when I first met Amanda, who is gifted with a rare genuineness and light that everyone is drawn to, I immediately felt protective of her. Like an idiot, I was thinking of the odds…

Until I heard her music.  I ate a big piece of humble pie, and then I had to apologize to God because doubting her is like doubting Him.  Her faith is the backbone of who she is:  her life choices and her leaps reflect this, and therefore, her lyrics are saturated with hope.  As talented as she is lovely, God has bestowed her with gifts that she is using for His glory, and it is absolutely awe-inspiring to witness.  The cynic in me says that there truly is nothing new under the sun, but Amanda’s voice is unique and fresh, and her approach is creative enough that she does anything but “blend in.”  Even if I didn’t know her personally and adore her, I’d say that the Christian genre specifically needs her desperately.  But because I do know her, I’d say that there’s an audience that needs her even more so.

You see, Amanda is a smart girl.  I’m sure she is very well aware of the odds, but she chose to ignore them and put her faith in God anyway.  That, my friends, is winning.  I apologized to her when asking her to do this interview, saying Relate’s reach isn’t that big, but sometimes, even if it is just one person who listens and is inspired, then that is enough.  That one person, me, has already been touched, but it is my sincere hope that a few more listen and are encouraged in much the same way.

Relate:  First memory of music:

Amanda:  When I was younger I used to steal my older brothers cd’s and listen to them in my free time. The Beautiful Letdown by Switchfoot was the first record to really make an impact on me. I can’t even number the amount of times I listened to that record. 


R:  Name one song you wish you had written and why:

A:  Superstition by Stevie Wonder. It has such a simple message and I just love Stevie. That song always gets me on my feet!


R:  Tell us about a favorite song of yours that you’ve written and your source of inspiration.

A:  I’m always very critical of my own writing, but if I had to pick it would be my song called You Know. I had a lot of crazy things going on in my life when I wrote that song. Many crossroads ahead of me and I was super stressed out. The message of the song is just to let go of all your worries. God has it under control. Even if you don’t know the future, it’s all gonna be ok. 


R:  Tell us about your latest single (did you help write it, how does it differ from other songs you’ve done, etc.)

A:  My latest single is called Flight, and I had an absolute blast recording the song. I wanted to step out and do something outside of my comfort zone. So I collaborated with a rapper. I came up with the idea and wrote the song all in one day. I wrote the music to the song, I wrote the lyrics to the hook, and then I left two open verses for the rapper friend of mine to work his magic! It was such a crazy and fun experience. It’s a synth/pop/rap song, needless to say it’s very different from anything I’ve done in the past. 


R:  If you could work with anyone in the music industry, who would it be and why?

A:  NEEDTOBREATHE hands down. Not even a question. I absolutely love love love their style of songwriting and performing. Plus, I kinda have a crush on the guitar player. 


R:  What made you decide you wanted to pursue music?

A:  I honestly don’t remember the exact date, but it just hit me one day. I was fresh out of high school and I remember sitting there one day, thinking about the future and what I was going to do with my life. I hadn’t been writing songs for very long at that point. Singing and writing music was a huge passion of mine and there was a point that I just knew I wanted to keep doing it.  


R:  What has been the best thing about moving to Nashville? What has been the hardest part about moving here?

A:  The best thing has been the PEOPLE! I haven’t been in Nashville for more than 8 months now but it already feels like home. People have been so kind and welcoming. I will forever be grateful for that. The music has been alright too!!

The hardest part has definitely been leaving family behind in New England. I miss my brother and sister in law so much! They are my best friends and I miss them like crazy. I’m glad they are only a short plane ride away. 


R:  How has your faith helped you the most?

A:  My faith is everything. God has been by my side through it all, it’s only because of Him that I’m able to do what I do and pursue my dream!

 

R:  What advice would you give your thirteen year old self?

A: I would tell myself to play piano a lot more! Take practicing more seriously. Work harder. Ignore the haters. Don’t give up. 


R:  What is your definition of success?

A:  Doing what you love to do. Doing what you feel called to do! Always doing your best at whatever you do. 


Just for fun-pick one in each pair:

-beach or the mountains

I love them both! but if I had to pick…beach!

-pizza or hamburgers and fries

Pizza!!

-high heels or boots
Boots!!


-shopping or hiking
Hiking!!


-book or movie

Movie

 

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Collins-318414765028113 for more information and be sure to get her latest single “Flight.”  Like, right now.

 

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Chit Chatting with Singer Peppina

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing 21 year-old singer/songwriter, Peppina. Her first EP was  Follow Your Gravity, which was released around two years ago. Now her new EP, Spark, will be released on June 23rd. Read on and learn more about her, her music, and how old she was when she wrote her first song.


R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start singing.

P: I’m a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Helsinki, Finland, but I recently moved to Brooklyn, New York. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been very interested and passionate about music (it started with ten years of classical flute), but I really got into singing and writing when I found the online art platform, hitRECord, and started sharing my music there at the age of sixteen.

R: Tell us about your upcoming EP Spark and when it will be released.

P: Spark is a package of energy, power, and message. It’s sort of a launching pad, the first chapter of my releases this year. It’s an introduction to a new kind of Peppina, stronger and more powerful than before. It’ll be released on June 23rd!

R: What is your favorite song from this EP and why?

P: They’re all my favorite for different reasons, but probably “Fire” is my real favorite. It’s a very personal song that I think carries a very important message: there are always reasons to get up and keep going.

R: Tell us about EP Follow Your Gravity.

P: Follow Your Gravity was the first EP I released independently two years ago. It tells about the time and mindset I was in back then, what it was like to start on this journey, and how much courage and sacrifice it took just to dare to take the first step.

R: Where can people get your music?

P: Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp…make your pick, it’s out there!

R: You write your own music. How do you come up with the idea for your songs and what is your writing process? Do you start with the words?

P: Everything I write is heavily based in my own life experiences and values. I often like to think about what would I want to tell my 13-year old self – it’s very important to me that each song carries a message of some kind. As far as the process, sometimes I’m just struck with inspiration and a song is born within minutes, sometimes it’s a co-writing session where we sort build the song together step by step in a few hours. Almost always it’s idea and theme first, and then the music and lyrics just happen together.

R: When did you start to write your own music and what was your first song about?

P: I wrote my very first song at six years old, but that was more of just a melody so I’m not sure if it counts. I started writing instrumental music when I got my piano at the age of ten. I remember the first song I wrote then – I can’t remember what it was called, but I remember it was about happiness.

R: What are five things that you have never done before that you want to?

P: 1) Skydiving 2) Going on a world tour 3) Taking six months just for aimless and carefree traveling 4) learn how to play a brass instrument 5) learn how to surf.

R: What has been your best memory so far?

P: Oh wow, what a question! I have a very good memory, so there’s too many to pick from. You’d have to be more specific (favorite childhood memory/favorite musical memory/favorite family memory, etc). Most of my favorite memories are usually just simple moments I miss from my childhood, or fun times with my family during our travels.

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?

P: UNICEF does incredibly important work, as well as WFP. On a more grass-root level, I recently started collaborating with ASPCA to prevent and help with animal abuse issues in America, and I think they’re doing a fantastic job.
R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them in general?

P: 1) Be kind, and be patient 2) Embrace and appreciate all the things that make you you 3) Never forget that you can do and be whatever you set your mind to, so don’t be afraid to dream!

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

P: 1) I’m a vegetarian 2) I love comics 3) I used to draw a LOT, and still do some 4) I love playing video games, especially adventure/RPG types 5) I don’t like olives.

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

P: Probably the one you just asked about what’s my best memory! Too many to choose from!

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

Official website: www.peppinamusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peppinamusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/peppinamusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UC_ 9gHGSmfOmvc7osu6Sv6Fg
Twitter: ww.twitter.com/peppinamusic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ peppinamusic

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

P: Thank you for reading, and hope to see you around!

R: Peppina, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

P: My pleasure. You, too!

 

Photo credit: Amazon

Chit Chatting with Singer Macy Kate

 

By Jill Sheets

Recently I had the honor of interviewing 19-year-old singer Macy Kate.  You may have first seen her on her YouTube channel or the reality show The X Factor. Read on and learn more about Macy, what it was like on The X Factor, her future goals, and about her song “Born to Be Me.”

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

M: When I was around thirteen years old, I started auditioning for reality shows like The X Factor and American Idol and that kind of gave me a really good foundation and prep for what the music industry was going to be like. After I had a little success with a reality show, I started a YouTube channel and began posting covers. Ever since I started YouTube, it’s never stopped.

 

R: You sang the theme song for The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover. Would you mind telling us about the song “Born to Be Me”?

M: The song “Born To Be Me” is a song about being yourself. You were born a certain way and there no reason at all to change who you are. I feel like a lot of teens feel pressured to fit in or to be accepted, but really, just being yourself is the most beautiful thing.

 

R: You also sang the theme song for The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today. Tell us about that theme song.

M: That one was so fun. Everyone that I worked with in the studio was amazing and I think it turned out great for the movie.

 

R: Tell us about some of your other music and where we can get it.

M: I haven’t released any new original music lately, but I do post covers every week on my YouTube channel which is super fun for me because I get to recreate songs by my favorite artists and make them my own. My YouTube channel is youtube.com/macykatemusic.

 

R: Not only do you sing, but your write your own music. What is your writing process? How do you come up with your ideas?

M: Well, I usually start off with the melodies and take it from there. I feel like the melodies really give the song life and it’s easier for me to write words once that top line is laid down. The lyrics mostly come from personal experiences, so I tend to write about things that actually happen to me.

 

R: I read that you where on the The X Factor. What was it like? What was your favorite part?

M: It was amazing! I loved every minute of it. It was definitely super nerve-wracking because that was my first time singing in front of a crowd like that, but as soon as I walked off that stage I told myself that singing was what I wanted to do and what I wanted to pursue. That show definitely gave me the confidence to keep going in music.

 

R: What is your favorite thing about performing on stage?

M: Definitely connecting with my fans. Even if I touched just one of those people with a lyric, performance, etc., it just makes me feel good. You can’t compare anything to connecting with someone. It’s truly amazing.


R: What are your top five favorite songs that you have sung?

M: I would say “Killing Me Softly” by Fugees, “Listen” by Beyoncé, “Issues” by Julia Michaels, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, and “One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston.

 

R: Do you have any hidden talents? If so, tell us about them.

M: Honestly, I have no hidden talents!! Everything is already out there.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

M: Definitely Rihanna. I look up to her for everything. Style, attitude, music, everything. She’s amazing.

 

R: What are your future goals?

M: Definitely to have a hit record and create a fashion line. I have a huge passion for fashion and I want to create some really cool things.

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them?

M: Always be yourself and never give up on your dream. Don’t let anyone get in the way of what you want to do. I have been turned down, knocked down, and said no to so many times. That doesn’t stop me from reaching my end goal. So always be you and never stop at what you want to do.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

M: Hmm. I’ve been asked what my shoe size is, but that’s not really weird.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official site and/or YouTube page?

M: I am on everything! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, etc. You can find me at @macykatemusic

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

M: Never give up on your dreams and always believe in yourself.

 

R: Macy, Thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

 

Picture credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

Ideas for Relaxing and Relieving Stress

We all have stressors in our lives. When the stress just gets to be a bit much, it can actually take a toll on our well-being and overall health. This is why stress relievers that are effective are critical when it comes to restoring your inner peace and your physical health. Here are a few different things that can assist you in feeling a little bit less affected by all those stressors in your life.

Spa Days

Have you ever been to the spa? There have been quite a few studies done that have shown that a massage can reduce the levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Along with that, this can help to slow your pulse and bring your blood pressure to a lower level. One of the things that make for a comfortable and relaxing day at the spa is the actual spa equipment. From massage tables that will be used to massage your cares away and pedicure chairs that will give you another massage as you get your toes done, to loungers and other accessories for the spa, the right equipment can really help you relax and destress. Click here for more information.

Exercise

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to relieve stress, you really don’t have too far to look. Exercise is one of the best ways to get natural stress relief. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is either. Physical exercise has been proven to provide relief from anxiety and stress. It does it without any chemicals and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. Getting a half hour of some form of exercise on a daily basis includes other benefits too such as more energy, improved mood, better sleep, and weight loss.   

Clean and Music

When you have a little bit of stress that you want to relieve, what better way to do it than to put on your favorite music and clean your house? This can actually be fun believe it or not. The music will lift your mood and give you energy (if you have the right kind on), and cleaning provides you with a physical activity that can take your mind off of what is stressing you for a while. Your home will get clean too which means that your environment will be more soothing to you. 

Aromatherapy

Wake up and get ready to smell the roses, grapefruit, lavender, or any of the other essential oils. Aromatherapy can be an amazing way to reduce anxiety and relax in an effort to improve your overall well being and health. There are all sorts of essential oils to choose from so you are sure to find just the right scents to send you on your way to relaxation bliss.

Stress Balls

You know you have seen them. The little balls you squeeze to relieve stress. Now, they make giant stress balls too. These are a must have for anyone who tends to get stressed a lot. It is just your standard foam ball used for stress. It is just bigger than the ones you might be used to. This means that it is great for squeezing as well as for pounding when you just get that urge to hit something. 

Visual Relaxation Anyone?

There is something called an Aduki ni Light. This has got to be one of the most relaxing things you can get… especially if you are into visual relaxation gadgets. When the light is not on, it appears to be a teardrop the size if your hand, and that is made from a material such as hematite or mercury. Then you turn it on and it will shine in a color that you choose or it will cycle through the color spectrum. This can be totally relaxing, especially if you are in a dark room.

Meet Singer Kaylee Rutland

 

Recently, I interviewed Belmont University senior Kaylee Rutland about her budding career in country music. Keep reading to find out what inspires her to write as well as her plans for the future.

 

R: Tell us a little about yourself.

K: I’m Kaylee Rutland, a singer, songwriter, and student living in Nashville, Tennessee. I am driven by my faith and am very close to my family. I’m currently a senior at Belmont University majoring in Music Business. I like to write and sing about positive messages with an encouraging vibe even if it’s about a tough subject.

 

R: Who are your biggest inspirations?

K: My biggest musical inspiration is Reba McEntire. Her vocals are incredible and her energy is contagious. She’s the queen of country in my books and I’ve always admired her talents, even when I was really young. I’m also inspired by my mom and my grandparents. They’ve been a huge part of my journey with endless encouragement and I can go to them about anything.

 

R: Do you have an album or EP out?

K: Over the last few months, I’ve been writing a lot of new material with the plan to release a more extensive body of work, whether that’s an album or EP, in the future. Both of my latest releases, “Pick Me Up” and “More Of That,” will be included on the full-length project. But for now, they are available as singles on iTunes.

 

R: What is your single “Pick Me Up” about?

K: “Pick Me Up” is about breaking through the everyday routine and enjoying the day that the week ends. It’s fun and upbeat and almost a weekend anthem. It serves as a reminder that whatever your week might have been like, it’s never a bad day to plan a good time!

 

R: What are some of your plans for the future?

K: The first plan is to graduate from Belmont University. I will also continue to make and share new music with y’all this year. Then, I plan to work as hard as I can to achieve my dreams, one of which is to play at the Grand Ole Opry one day.

 

R: What advice would you give to other young singers?

K: Perseverance — if it’s something you aspire to do and it’s the love of your life, you have to keep doing everything you can. Nothing can stop you. 

Check out Kaylee’s official website and her YouTube channel, and go follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

 

By Anna Tallarico

Photo credits: Kaylee Rutland press photos