Why The Guitar Can Be Your Escape During Troubled Times

There are so many stresses in the modern world and finding solutions to help deal with the demands placed on us by work, family obligations and all the other things that we need to juggle in our lives is far from easy. It is so important to find a way to relax, recharge your batteries, and quieten your mind. Music has long been proven to be one of the best ways to help people relax and positively reflect on troubled times. The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world and is perfect for chilling out and jamming to relieve stress.

The guitar is one of the easiest instruments to learn, but whether you are a total beginner or an experienced player, playing the guitar is ideal for helping you to escape during troubled times.

Here is our guide to how playing the guitar can help bring peace and serenity to your life.

It Helps You to Express Your Feelings

We all have the insecurities that prevent us from sharing our emotions, or maybe we do not have the exact words to describe what we truly feel. Many guitarists find it easier to say what they feel through playing the guitar. Because music has a different meaning to different people, you can express your feelings through the guitar without judgment, and in a way that is unique and meaningful to you and you alone.

When it comes to music, there is no right or wrong and because the guitar is such a versatile instrument, it is the perfect medium for communicating your perspectives, passion, fears, and even sadness. There are so many different types of guitar and this useful link can help you to choose the right model to help you to portray your emotions, whatever they are. An electric guitar with heavy overdrive can express your passion and anger, whilst a beautifully played Spanish guitar conveys a sense of romance and sensuality. Classical guitars have the advantage of having hundreds of thousands of pieces of music that you can master, but if you would rather improvise, that is an ideal way to put your own emotions and personality into your music.

It is an Effective Form of Therapy

These days, people spend a huge amount of money on different forms of therapy to try and help them through difficult times in their lives. Therapy can be incredibly emotionally draining as well as financially very expensive. The great thing about playing the guitar is that once you have bought the instrument, you don't need to spend another penny. Whilst many people choose to take guitar lessons from a professional teacher or follow online YouTube tutorials, some of the most famous guitarists in history were self-taught. Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Graham Coxon never had a single guitar lesson in their life. For them, the guitar was not an instrument to be learned, it was a blank canvas on which to paint.

The guitar is a therapeutic instrument that is used to help all kinds of people from autistic children to return soldiers suffering from PTSD. But these benefits are not just limited to these extreme cases. The therapeutic benefits of playing the guitar are available to anyone at any time and if you are experiencing troubles in your life, pick up the guitar and let your troubles drift away with the strum of the strings.

It is Good for Your Heart

The connection between music and physical and mental health has long been established and playing the guitar is particularly beneficial for your heart's health. One highly regarded scientific study set out to explore the link between music practice and blood pressure and it showed that test subjects who played guitar just one hour a day had significantly lower blood pressure than test subjects who didn't play.

This is true not only for the guitar but for every instrument. Many heart problems are linked to stress, which is why such a high proportion of people who suffer strokes and heart attacks are those in particularly stressful jobs or life situations. Playing an instrument reduces this stress and as a result, reduces heart-related issues and so just fiddling with your guitar for an hour each day can have significant physical health benefits. Especially for older players who need to

No matter whether you are a master guitarist or have just picked up the instrument for the first time, the benefits of playing the guitar are enormous. Not only is it a beautiful sounding instrument, but it also provides so many advantages for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. The prices of the guitars range according to make, model and history, but you don't need to spend a fortune to get yourself an instrument that can be by your side for many years to come.

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Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.