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Researchers Find That This Song Can Reduce Anxiety By 65%. Listen To It Now.

Researchers Find That This Song Can Reduce Anxiety By 65%. Listen To It Now.

It’s no secret that music can have a profound effect on our emotions. It can bring us joy or move us to tears; it can sharpen our focus or allow us to relax. One song in particular has drawn attention recently for its remarkable effectiveness in helping people with combating their anxiety. Researchers at Mindlab International[1] conducting a study about the effects of music on anxiety found that the song “Weightless” by the Marconi Union[2] reduced the anxiety of the participants of the study by an astounding 65%! For some, this is the equivalent of taking a Valium, (it’s possible that it should come with a warning against listening and operating machinery) or other anti-anxiety medications. This can be a win-win for people going through anxiety problems who might not want to rely on medication to help them cope with their mental health concerns.

Research

When researchers at Mindlab first began their experiment, they wanted to find music that best reduced anxiety.[3] They narrowed their selection to 10 songs that all had calming effects. Each song had a soothing, ambient quality, coupled with pleasant harmonics and a deep and steady beat. Below is the list of the top 10 most soothing songs, as discovered and proven by their research:

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  1. Marconi Union – “Weightless”
  2. Airstream – “Electra”
  3. DJ Shah – “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)”
  4. Enya – “Watermark”
  5. Coldplay – “Strawberry Swing”
  6. Barcelona – “Please Don’t Go”
  7. All Saints – “Pure Shores”
  8. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  9. Mozart – “Canzonetta Sull’aria”
  10. Cafe Del Mar – “We Can Fly”

While these songs were each soothing in their own way, “Weightless” still won by a landslide with “Electra” by Airstream coming in second. Enya was also on the list (no surprise there) and Mozart. Of course, there may be a less mainstream, more soothing song out there somewhere hiding from the limelight, but researchers of this study found great results within their sample size of songs that they tested.

What’s Special About THIS Song?

So what’s so special about “Weightless”? The song has a distorted, ambient quality. It kind of acts like a more pleasant version of white noise to distract the brain from other noises, internal and external. The only rhythmic quality is the consistent, slow beat, which sounds very much like a heart beat. It’s possible that the blend of pleasant ambient melodies and the slow and steady bass line are enough to make our heartbeats become even and calm. It was also wordless, unlike many of the other songs that were tested.

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It’s possible that lyrics, especially heartbreaking lyrics like those in Adele’s “Someone Like You”, may detract from the relaxing effect that the melody by itself would have on a listener. Whatever the secret, the effect was not accidental. The Marconi Union actually teamed up with sound therapists in an effort to create a song that would induce a highly relaxed state (so we really do advise against listening to it in the car) and they were ultimately successful. Take some time to listen to the song using the link below and see if you can determine the source of its mesmerizing effects.

The Power of Music Therapy

Over 40 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and this number is rising.[4] Many people take pharmaceuticals to cope with this problem, sometimes with limited success. Music therapy could offer a wonderful alternative treatment or co-treatment for people suffering from chronic or acute anxiety. Currently, music therapists around the globe use it to promote wellness, reduce pain, improve communication, and even enhance memory.[5]

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As research continues, researchers may discover that music is a more powerful tool than we ever realized. Perhaps someday, it will be accepted as a more mainstream treatment in hospitals, nursing homes, and other treatment facilities. For now, though, pull out your headphones and enjoy these private therapy sessions!

What Do YOU Think?

Almost everyone has a playlist for many different occasions. Most of us have a song or songs we like to listen to in order to relax, to study, to work out, to wake up, or to boost our mood. Take some time to comment below and tell us what you think. Do you have a soothing song that you like to listen to when you’re feeling stressed or anxious? Post the link below!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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