Hello fellow bookworms! We’re currently in the middle of a, pretty much worldwide, pandemic, with a lot of people having to quarantine themselves and socially distance themselves from others. On top of the anxiety and panic the virus is causing, being stuck inside, potentially alone, is not an ideal situation for a lot of people.
I’ve created a short blog series, Bookworm Survival Kit: 2020 Edition, to help you get through the current situation.
So far on Bookworm Survival Kit, we’ve discussed audiobooks you can listen to while you work (and some books you can read too), small things you can do every day to take care of yourself, and activities you can do from the comfort of your home to fill this massive expanse of time. It’s the last day of bank holiday Easter weekend, I’ve managed to get tons of reading done and a bit of studying and relaxing done as well! So since we’re a household of 4 adults and the house doesn’t necessarily allow us to have our own space. I really struggle to read and study with a lot of noise around me, but some quiet instrumental music in the background really helps me to concentrate; I’ll quite often listen when I’m working too. I’m here today to suggest 5 playlists you can easily access on Spotify which I jump between for a bit of variety, and are guaranteed to help you read and study in a busy household, and transport you and allow you to escape into another world…
5 Spotify Playlists For The Days When You Want To Escape During Lockdown
*click on the playlist cover to navigate to Spotify*
LoFi Hip Hop Music
This is one of my more recent finds, there’s a more steady beat behind the music with makes it ever so slightly heavier than the others on this playlist, but it’s by no means difficult to listen to. I find it’s a much more active listening experience and the music is more engaging.
Good for: chill time when you’re not concentrating on anything, repetitive work tasks
Calming Instrumental Covers
My sister first recommended this playlist to me, and it turns out to be a fun guessing game. A lot of the songs are well known pop songs in instrumental format, and I find I quite often recognise the song but can’t quite get what the original is called, it’s mildly frustrating!
Good for: Chill out bath time, Friday afternoon work wind-down
This music has a lot of movement to which I really like! As opposed to the gentler playlists on here, the addition of brass instead of just piano gives the music another dimension. It’s really nice to listen to when you want something a bit more upbeat without going full on pop.
Good for: Mid-week motivation, bringing more life to your Spotify instrumental collection
Both this playlist and Instrumental Study have very calming piano music. It doesn’t put too much strain on the ears and allows you to read and/or study while listening without getting distracted, by the music or by the world around you (especially if you have noise-cancelling headphones!)
Good for: Blocking out, or creating nicer, background noise while reading
I tend to alternate between this playlist and the one above when I’m reading or studying. The music is pretty similar on both, but I’d say the music on this one is ever so slightly slower and calmer, to distract you less when studying and aid concentration
Good for: a nicer atmosphere for studying
What playlists do you listen to when you’re concentrating or relaxing? Do you prefer music, audiobooks, or podcasts? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know your thoughts!
Take care everyone.
Until next time…
Other posts in the Bookworm Survival Kit series: