Anxiety can be a terrible thing. It makes panic, and you become afraid and worried. It has been studied for thousands of years, even Hippocrates mentioned it in 4th century BC. In the 1860s, it was written about by Søren Kierkegaard, and by Freud in 1926.
So, people have always suffered from anxiety, since the start of civilization. However, now it’s very common, mostly with young people.
Doctors usually prescribe some medications and drugs to treat anxiety, however not only do they not help, they are also expensive and can form an addiction. There are also other methods for treating anxiety, for example cognitive therapy, and also yoga, meditation, massages etc.
However, some neuroscientists from the United Kingdom recently discovered a song that can reduce your anxiety for up to 65%.
There was a study conducted in USA in 2013, which showed how 57% of the female students in the universities reported that they have anxious episodes, or “overwhelming anxiety”. Also, in the UK, the charity YouthNet found out how 1/3 of young girls and 1/10 of young guys report that they have panic attacks.
The CEO of the charity Sane, Marjorie Wallace, says how the people born in the 1980s and 1990s (or generation Y) are struck by a great wave of desperation.
She says, “Growing up has always been difficult, but this sense of desperation? That’s new.”
Rachel Dove wrote in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y:
“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.”
Pieter Kruger is a psychologist from London who thinks that the cause of the problem is that we have too much choice. He says that people who don’t have much choice can blame external things for their bad decisions.
But, people who have lots of choices can only blame themselves when they do the same. He says, “We become much more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time.”
“I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do it takes the pressure away.”
Having more choices and not being sure which one to pick can make people feel extremely anxious, even paralyzed. There are many options in our everyday life as well, so we are facing multiple choices daily.
Also, another cause for this desperation is technology. People are becoming addicted by their phones that they feel anxious when they don’t have them. If they aren’t aware of the latest news on their social media, they feel something called FOMO (Fear of missing out).
Kruger says that:
“Fomo is very real and can be a constant addiction that affects anxiety levels and a general sense of wellbeing.”
The problem with social media is that we become obsessed with comparing ourselves, our relationships, friends, looks, status etc. with our friends, and even worse with celebrities.
Therefore, when we see “they are better”, we become depressed.
So, neuroscientists from the Mindlab International in the United Kingdom have created an ultimate anti-stress song. They studied the types of music and what kind of music was the best for relaxation. To conduct this study, the researchers told participants to try to solve some puzzles, which induce stress, while listening to different kinds of music.
There was one song that stood above every other song. It was the song “Weightless”, which showed an incredible 65% of reduction in the people’s anxiety levels, as well as 35% reduction in the physiological resting rates.
The song was actually created with this purpose, to induce relaxation. Marconi Union created it, along with some sound therapists which will have such rhythms and harmonies that will lower the stress hormones like cortisol.
It’s interesting that many of the females who were involved in the study became drowsy, so it’s great to listen to it to relax, but it’s not recommended to do it while driving.