“Did I read that correctly?”
Why yes, yes you did.
Neuroscientists say that after conducting various research, they’ve discovered a song that can literally reduce your anxiety by up to 65%!
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.
It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death.
Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat, whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat.
Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.
It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.
How Does Music Reduce Anxiety?
Mindlab International here in the UK were curious to figure out which kind of music leads to the highest state of relaxation. Researchers conducted a study which involved having participants try to solve difficult puzzles. Which inherently triggered a certain degree of stress, while connected to sensors.
At the same time, participants listened to a range of songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.
What they found is that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
Interestingly, the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state.
Created by Marconi Union, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines, which in turn slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.
In fact, the music is so effective, that many of the female participants became drowsy — to the point where lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving.
Still not convinced that a simple song can reduce your anxiety that dramatically?
Take a listen to the song yourself!
It’s 8 minutes long, so I suggest listening to it when you get some downtime. Maybe you’re reading, laying in bed, relaxing etc.
This Song Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent
Don’t forget to save this page so you can keep coming back to the song whenever you feel like relaxing!
This story was originally featured on Collective Evolution.