Yes, a group of scientists have discovered that this song can reduce anxiety by 65%! This is really amazing, especially because many people around the world suffer from anxiety and depression. You probably know someone who is anxious, right? Even Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. Søren Kierkegaard talked about it in the 1860s, and Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926.
Many people think that the best way to treat anxiety is (guess what) pharmaceutical drugs. Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well. But, the good thing is that there are people who refuse to take prescription drugs, so they turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. But, did you know that music therapy has also been used – with a great success? Yes, and as we said, a group of neuroscientists have discovered that this particular song can reduce the anxiety levels by 65%! Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Anxiety and Generation Y
According to a 2013 survey, the researchers have discovered that almost 57% of American female university students reported episodes of “overwhelming anxiety.” And, in the UK, the experts have discovered that 1/3 of young women (and 1 in 10 young men) suffer from panic attacks, which is very bad! Marjorie Wallace, CEO of the charity Sane, thinks that generation Y (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) is the age of desperation.
Rachael Dove in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y:
“So, what’s going on? The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst. Another, brought up on multiple occasions by my peers and by psychologists I spoke to, is the luxury (as ungrateful as it sounds) of too much choice.”
The famous London psychologist, Pieter Kruger, says that a recent study shows that people who feel they don’t have a choice are actually more resilient — mainly because they can blame life or others if they make a wrong decision. However, if you have a range of choices, you have no one to blame but yourself.
“We become much more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time.”
Writer Claire Eastham, 26:
“I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do it takes the pressure away.”
And, one more thing – now, in this modern times, decision making can trigger a type of paralysis. The experts also warn that technology also contributes to the rise of anxiety. Many people are addicted to their smartphones — and are rarely without them. And, the real and ugly truth is that the social media allows us to compare everything — relationships, diet, figure, beauty, wealth, standard of living — not only with our friends, but with celebrities too. And, as research has shown, time on social media can also cause depression in people who compare themselves with others. Besides revamping our lifestyles and limiting exposure to social media — and learning to work with a sometimes overwhelming abundance of choice — neuroscientists have found listening to a specially designed song can have a profound influence over our levels of anxiety.
The Ultimate Anti-Stress Music
A group of researchers, at Mindlab International in the U.K. wanted to know what kind of music induces the greatest state of relaxation. In this study, the participants we’re trying to solve difficult puzzles (which inherently triggered a certain degree of stress). while connected to sensors.
At the same time, the participants in this study listened to a range of songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing. The researchers discovered that this song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65% reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35% reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
Note: the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state. This anti-stress song was 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. And, the experts say that this 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. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share.
Source: Simple Capacity