Scientific Breakthroughs

These Songs Can Effectively Ease Your Rough Days

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Photo shows Coldplay performing in 2008. The band’s song `Strawberry Swing’ landed on neuroscientists’ top 10 list of tunes that can effectively ease anxiety.

Extremely stressed out? A research study spearheaded by Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International singled out the top song that can produce a heightened state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.

UK’s neuroscientists have given the nod of approval to the top 10 tunes that can effectively lower stress levels and do away with the feelings of being drained and anxious. They tend to activate the natural relaxation response of the human body.

Weightless, which topped the list, was really created by Marconi Union with sound therapists to help create a calm state. The meticulously arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines tend to slow down a listener’s heart rate, thereby reducing blood pressure and lowering the stress hormone cortisol.

Key Finding of the Study

The participants of the study were asked to try to solve difficult puzzles as fast as they could while connected to sensors. The puzzles induced some amount of stress.

The participants then listened to different songs while the researchers proceeded with measuring brain activity and physiological states. The heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing of the participants were all noted.

A high 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety was observed, and there was a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

The Other Anxiety-Busting Songs

The other stress- and anxiety-busting songs in the list included Electra by Airstream, Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) by DJ Shah, Watermark by Enya, and Strawberry Swing by Coldplay. Also joining the Top 10 list are Please Don’t Go by Barcelona, Pure Shores by All Saints, Someone Like You by Adele, Canzonetta Sull’aria by Mozart, and We Can Fly by Rue du Soleil.

Listening to music definitely promotes overall positive and healthy well-being. In fact, there is strong evidence that structured music therapy can reduce the intensity of stress and anxiety as well as depression in pregnant women, as well as seniors, prisoners, and many other types of people.

Singing with a group was found effective in battling loneliness, anxiety and depression. The shared experience helps clear the mind of negative thoughts.

The songs listed by neuroscientists may not appeal to all. Music, after, is a personal thing. What may be relaxing for many may be sleep-inducing for others who may prefer other types of songs. Nonetheless, the message is clear: music can make people feel better.

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