There are plenty of tried and tested methods for managing anxiety but here’s a new one to add to your repertoire.
A recent study out of MindLab in the UK tasked participants with solving a difficult puzzle as quickly as possible while connected to sensors. They were then played different songs while neuroscientists measured their brain activity and physiological indicators like heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.
They found that the song Weightless by Marconi Union resulted in a whopping 65% reduction in their participants’ overall anxiety.
But it’s no fluke.
The song was created in collaboration with sound therapists to include particularly arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines to help slow the listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson said, "'Weightless' was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous."