A study found that the song “Weightless” reduces physiological resting rates by 35% as it calms the mind. Listen to it here.
It seems as if everyone suffers from some form of anxiety nowadays. And, a 2013 survey supports this assertion. According to the nearly four-year-old survey, 41.6% of college students suffer from anxiety. And in the UK, approximately one-third of women (and one in ten for men) suffer from panic attacks.
In fact, it’s become increasingly normal to feel stressed out all the time. From world issues, such as poverty and war, to concerns like Donald Trump becoming President-elect, there is plenty one can choose to be overwhelmed with.
- Fortunately, researchers at Mindlab International, based in the U.K., have developed a song that can reportedly reduce anxiety in individuals by 65%. The study entailed participants trying to solve complex puzzles (which trigger a certain degree of stress response) while sensors measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing. As it turns out, the song “Weightless” was found to drastically reduce anxiety. Additionally, the music helped reduce their physiological resting rates by 35%, reports Inc.
In fact, the 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.
- Because stress underlies all modern illnesses, it’s important each individual adopts a practice to find inner peace. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and creative endeavors have all been found to lower anxiety in individuals and, in effect, lower the amount of cortisol produced by the body. Cortisol precedes inflammation, which contributes to diseases of affluence and other concerns, such as weight gain.
Composed by Marconi Union, the song was designed to induce a highly relaxed state. The musicians collaborated with sound therapists to produce the perfect arrangement of harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines. The result is striking. Listen to it for yourself here: