Is it just me, or is every breathing young professional stressed AF at the moment?
While life can get crazy with super-tight deadlines and competing commitments, by a certain point, most people adopt their own techniques to deal with stress and anxiety.
It can also mean something as simple as listening to music – something that has been scientifically proven to reduce stress.
In fact, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, you may want to make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth by neuroscientists in the UK. Researchers from Mindlab International got participants to attempt to solve difficult puzzles – designed to induce a certain level of stress – as quickly as possible while connected to sensors.
While they attempted to put the pieces together, participants listened to different songs as researchers measured brain activity, along with physiological states including heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.
Of all the songs, one stood out from the rest in its ability to produce an unmatched state of relaxation.
Listening to “Weightless” resulted in a 65 per cent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
But that’s exactly what the song is designed to do.
Macaroni Union, the group behind “Weightless,” created the song with sound therapists, with its harmonies, rhythms and bass lines designed to reduce a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson said that “‘Weightless’ was so effective in reducing stress, that he would advise against driving while listening to the song as it could trigger drowsiness.
Check out these other calming songs (especially if it’s been a long week):
10. “We Can Fly,” by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
9. “Canzonetta Sull’aria,” by Mozart
8. “Someone Like You,” by Adele
7. “Pure Shores,” by All Saints
6. “Please Don’t Go,” by Barcelona
5. “Strawberry Swing,” by Coldplay
4. “Watermark,” by Enya
3. “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix),” by DJ Shah
2. “Electra,” by Airstream
1. “Weightless,” by Marconi Union