Anxiety is a feeling of worry, panic, fear, and dread, and it is definitely not a new health issue. This disorder was mentioned by Hippocrates in the fourth century BCE, Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s, and Sigmund Freud in 1926.
Numerous people suffer from anxiety attacks today as well, and the classic treatment of this disorder includes pharmaceutical drugs, as well as cognitive therapy.
The holistic approach to anxiety involves meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Patents have also found music therapy as highly helpful.
However, a team of neuroscientists in the U.K. has found a single song that results in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety…
According to a 2013 survey, 57 percent of American female university students have experienced episodes of “overwhelming anxiety.” The UK charity YouthNet reported that a third of young women — and one in ten young men — suffer from panic attacks.
According to Marjorie Wallace, CEO of the charity Sane, generation Y (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) is the age of desperation. She comments “Growing up has always been difficult, but this sense of desperation? That’s new.”
Rachael Dove in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y writes:
“So, what’s going on? The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst. Another brought up on multiple occasions by my peers and by psychologists I spoke to, is the luxury (as ungrateful as it sounds) of too much choice.”
Also, Pieter Kruger, a London-based psychologist, claims that research has shown that individuals who feel they don’t have a choice are actually more resilient — as they can blame life or others for their own wrong decision. He believes “We become much more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time. ”
On her blog, We Are All Mad Here, the writer Claire Eastham, 26, agrees with this:
“I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had the choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do it takes the pressure away.”
In the modern times, the process of making a decision is rather paralyzing. We often obsessively research the various options even if the subject is trivial, and we end up being exhausted and feeling guilty.
Anxiety attacks are also brought by technology, as the numerous gadgets we use on a daily basis, change the everyday life to a great extend and force people to continue living in the world of social media.
This need to keep on top of what everyone is doing on social media is also known as FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out.
“FOMO is very real and can be a constant addiction that affects anxiety levels and a general sense of wellbeing,” claims Kruger.
We started comparing our figure, beauty, relationships, wealth, living standards, diets, between ourselves on the social media, and even try to reach the lifestyles of celebrities. According to research, time on social media “can cause depression in people who compare themselves with others.”
Yet, neuroscientists have found a way to reduce the negative effects of these new trends, and it is in the form of a specially designed song which affects our levels of anxiety.
Experts at the Mindlab International in the U.K. investigated the kind of music that induces the greatest state of relaxation. They examined participants who were supposed to solve difficult puzzles, which cause certain stress, and were connected to sensors.
They listened to various songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.
Researchers found that one song — “Weightless” — reduced the overall anxiety by 65 percent and the usual physiological resting rates by 35 percent.
This song was specifically created to induce relaxation by the Marconi Union. Namely, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to arrange harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines, which reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and slowed down the heart rate and blood pressure.
Interestingly, numerous women became drowsy after listening to the song, so the lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises to avoid listening to it while driving.
Yet, we leave you to experience it in your own, unique way: