You’re restless, fatigued and tense. You’re preoccupied with worry and trying to control those intrusive thoughts, but nothing seems to work. But what if I told you that you could just put on your headphones and listen to a song and feel instantly better?
I wouldn’t be lying. There is actually a song created specifically for that purpose, and its efficacy is backed by science. United Kingdom-based band Marconi Union composed their song “Weightless” to help treat the most common mental illness in the United States. Anxiety is a condition that affects 40 million adults living in the U.S. That’s 18 percent of the population.
The musical trio sound is to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines that help slow a listener’s heart rate. The song also helps to reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol, a stress hormone.
“Weightless” came out as the top song that produced a greater state of relaxation over any other music tested to date. Participants who listened to the song experienced a 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
So how does it work? Sound therapy helps improve brain function through high-frequency sound. “[It] stimulates the ear by presenting it with constantly alternating sounds of high and low tone, within the complex structure of classical music”. I observed, my energy increased which reduced fatigue with improved focus and creativity, a reduction in the need for sleep and an almost permanent state of peace and relaxation.” Now is that amazing or what?
And given that anxiety has been linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory disorders and gastrointestinal conditions, it’s important to seek ways to help your mind and body relax.
But if you’re planning on driving while listening to “Weightless,” hold that thought. “‘Weightless’ was so effective, I became drowsy, so “I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”
So give the song a listen — if you’re not behind the wheel. lol