Feeling stressed out and don’t know what to do? New research reveals a song that can reduce stress levels by 65 percent, every time you listen to it.
Marconi Union collaborated with sound therapists so the song would have this very effect. However, the effect is so relaxing, according to Lewis-Hodgson, he advises people not listen to it while driving because it can cause drowsiness.
Discovering the song’s calming potency
After researching which songs you should listen to when feeling stressed or anxious, Lewis-Hodgson had participants in a study attempt to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible. The puzzles, designed to induce stress while being completed, were done while those in the study listened to a variety of songs.
The carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines of “Weightless” help to slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, Lewis-Hodgson said.
The importance of managing stress
Managing and reducing stress is important in maintaining good health. A Harvard and Stanford paper found that health issues that arise from stresses on the job are now the cause of more deaths than diabetes, Alzheimer’s or influenza.
Lewis-Hodgson put together a playlist that can provide your listening device with an on-the-go calm down feature. Here’s his countdown of the top 10 most relaxing songs:
10. “We Can Fly” by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
9. “Canzonetta Sull’aria” by Mozart
8. “Someone Like You” by Adele
7. “Pure Shores” by All Saints
6. “Please Don’t Go” by Barcelona
5. “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay
4. “Watermark” by Enya
3. “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)” by DJ Shah
2. “Electra” by Airstream
1. “Weightless” by Marconi Union