*Wow! It seems science of the brain has come up with the perfect song to calm us down. Those of us who suffer from anxiety, that is. I didn’t always know exactly what anxiety was. Until I realized I have it. At least sometimes. In a nutshell, it’s when you are always on edge. In my case, thinking you should be doing something more. Better. Now. But since there is only one me, and being a woman, I multitask ALL the time, I still can’t possibly do all the things my mind stimulates me to do.
The dictionary says it’s a feeling of nervousness, worry and unease. I suppose that’s true too. Anyway, now there may be a cure; especially if you’re like me, and don’t like to take meds for everything.
Sorry pharmacists. Actually, no I’m not!
Neuroscience claims there is a song, wait!, 10 songs, that proved to ease the anxiety of the subjects they played them to by up to 65 percent. And they say it will help people like you and I too.
Oh hell, I’m in! Stress be damned!
According to Inc., scientists conducted the study on participants who wore sensors as they attempted to solve difficult puzzles quickly. The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity and physiological states such as heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.
Mindlab International conducted the research and according to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, the top song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.
The song, called “Weightless” is said to have reduced participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
Wow! A SONG did that?
I could listen to Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” all night, or even the remix by SWV, and probably get the same effect come to think of it.
But that’s besides the point.
And get this, the song, the one that made folks less anxious, was actually created to do exactly that. A group called Marconi Union got together with sound therapists (wow, there are sound therapists!?? Never heard of them) to develop the song. The intricately arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Well I’ll be damned.
I had to find out for myself. So I found the song ‘Weightless’ and listened to it. And its true, it DID calm me down. I have put the video directly below, so that you can listen to it, too.
But I must admit, the “relaxation music” station on Pandora does the same thing. Being a writer, it doesn’t get in my way when I’m working so I listen to it all the time…with my dogs. They love it too. In fact, we’re listening to it now.
Anyway, check out the video. Lay back, close your eyes, and you, too, will find yourself relaxing if you don’t let your mind tell you different.