Carrie Underwood on her stress-relieving hobbies, and listening to music that matches her mood

The 'Ghost Story' singer opens up about finding balance
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During a sit down with Audacy, Country music megastar Carrie Underwood shared all about her hobbies and the music she listens to help find balance in her life.

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“A couple hobbies I have outside of music that help me unwind are working out and gardening. They’re both physical, you know, you’re moving your body, they’re both stress relievers. I love being in the gym, I love working out, it’s good for my brain, good for my body, makes my whole rest of the day go better.”

Then on the other hand, Carrie continued, “being in the garden, you’re getting your hands dirty, you’re outside in the sunshine, and there’s just so many things about gardening that are stress relievers, that make me feel good.”

Contrasting her go-to hobbies, when asked about her thoughts on social media, Carrie called it “really important” but also stressed the importance of being able to “put your phone down or close your computer” in order to “interact with people more than you are on your devices.” For Carrie it’s about “having a healthy balance… like everything else in life.. then no one thing weighs you down too much. So use it as it was intended, post your fun pictures, follow your friends and family and then go talk to your friends and family and hang out with them.”

As for what’s on her playlist, Carrie revealed that the usual music she listens to “fluctuates with my mood,” which to her “is the wonderful thing about music.” Noting, “you have songs that when your happy, you want to listen to these songs. And when you’re stressed out or sad or whatever it is, you have songs that you can listen to to elevate your mood and make you feel better. Or songs that can just be right there with you, wherever you are.”

Carrie continued, “so I listen to a wide variety of music, and it varies from day to day, but it’s all about your mood and enhancing that.”

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