Anxiety – fear, worry, and panic – is certainly nothing new. We all hate that crippling feeling especially before a big event or a speech. It can be really negative to our performance and productivity. Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety (as well as the biggest money maker).
Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well. Those with a holistic bent often turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy has also been used with some success.
Even though most of us have a couple of personally chosen relaxation tunes that work best on ourselves, Neuroscientists have gathered together to sort out the best from the best. Neuroscientists from the UK made a study conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors.
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.
It’s carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol
In addition to “Weightless,” Dr. Lewis-Hodgson’s musical research found Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay could also significantly reduce anxiety.
Listen to “Weightless” below and let us know if you agree with his scientific findings.