According to Psychologists, music can decrease stress and anxiety levels
Feeling stressed and anxious, and really want to feel more grounded and carefree from all the worries of this world? Ever wondered what songs relieve stress? Here’s 10 songs that decrease stress and anxiety.
I definitely suggest doing deep breathing exercises and movements (exercises or stretches) to get your blood flowing and endorphins releasing. Lets say you are sitting in a crowded subway in NYC and you can’t run laps, or roll out your yoga mat.
These songs will make you feel more relaxed, and less tense. You’re probably wondering if we have the same taste in music. Maybe we do. Below is a selection of various genres of music so there’s something for everyone:
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A 2013 study, The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response, studied 60 female volunteers to see the effect of music on stress levels. They concluded:
Our findings indicate that music listening impacted the psychobiological stress system. Listening to music prior to a standardized stressor predominantly affected the autonomic nervous system (in terms of a faster recovery), and to a lesser degree the endocrine and psychological stress response. These findings may help better understanding the beneficial effects of music on the human body.
10 Songs that decrease stress and anxiety
Gospel Music That Relieves Stress:
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Classical Music That Relieves Stress:
Reggae Music That Relieves Stress:
Interesting Article Excerpt:
Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck.
The study was conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors. The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity as well as physiological states that included heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.
According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, the top song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.
In fact, listening to that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
That is remarkable.
Equally remarkable is the fact the song was actually constructed to do so. The group that created “Weightless”, Marconi Union, did so in collaboration with sound therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
When it comes to lowering anxiety, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Stress either exacerbates or increases the risk of health issues like heart disease, obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, and more. More troubling still, a recent paper out of Harvard and Stanford found health issues from job stress alone cause more deaths than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or influenza.
In this age of constant bombardment, the science is clear: if you want your mind and body to last, you’ve got to prioritize giving them a rest. Music is an easy way to take some of the pressure off of all the pings, dings, apps, tags, texts, emails, appointments, meetings, and deadlines that can easily spike your stress level and leave you feeling drained and anxious.
Of the top track, 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.”
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