If you are a music lover and suffering from anxiety, then you will love reading this post! New research reveals about a single song that reduces anxiety by 65%! Can you guess the song?
The problem of anxiety is growing by leaps and bounds in the United States, affecting around 40 million adults age 18 and older. Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926, but today anxiety is in the air. The majority of youth worldwide is suffering from some sort of anxiety.
Anxiety is the feeling of fear of what’s to come and is a natural response to stress. You may feel anxious when going to date for the first time or starting a business or because it’s your wedding day. And, that’s quite normal and common for everyone.
However, some people feel overly anxious about everything in life. It is a matter of serious concern if you are experiencing intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about your daily activities and day to day situations.
Anxiety disorder is very debilitating and can hamper your personal and professional life significantly. Millions of people are poor quality of life because of feelings of dread, loss of control about every aspect of their life. Anxiety is a treatable disorder, but only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. Most people rely on prescription medication, while some try natural remedies like meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.
There is no single remedy that works for all because there are an array of factors that can lead to anxiety disorders. It includes genetics, social environment, personality, parenting, brain chemistry, early life experiences and many more.
How can music therapy lower anxiety?
Neuroscientists at Mindlab International in the United Kingdom conducted research to find out the type of music that can induce relaxation and calm an anxious mind. They recruited volunteers for the study who were asked to solve difficult quizzes so that it triggers a certain degree of stress. The increase in stress levels was tracked using sensors attached to the participant’s body.
The participants were further asked to listen to a range of songs followed in which the researchers measured their brain activity and change in vital signs like breathing rate, blood pressure, and heart rate.
The results were surprising because one song titled “Weightless.”, in particular, was found to reduce overall anxiety levels by 65% and reduced their physiological resting rates by 35%. This song boosts a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.
This song by Marconi Union is known as wold’s most relaxing song and is used to calm patients before surgery. Musicians and a team of sound therapists worked together to create certain harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines to stir your soul and calm your nervous system. The song is filled with dreamy, mellow synths, soothing melodies and instrumentation composed of piano, guitar and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.
The UK band specifically composed this song to reduce anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate. Remarkable! Isn’t it?