Use of pharmaceutical drugs is the classic method of treating anxiety (which also makes the most money). Cognitive therapy is also widely used, and those who benefit more from holistic medicine are more likely to use meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy is also used with some success. But now British neurologists have discovered one piece of music that reduces overall anxiety by as much as 65 percent!
Fear and the Y Generation
A 2013 survey found that 57 percent of U.S. female college students experienced periods of “overriding anxiety.” In the UK, Youthnet found that one third of all young women – and one in ten young men – suffer from panic attacks.
Sane charity manager Marjorie Wallace believes that the Y generation (those born between 1980 and 1990) can be described as the generation of despair. Growing up has rarely been easy, but this sense of great despair? That’s something new,” she says.
Rachael Dove writes in “Fear, the epidemic sweeps through the Y Generation:
“So what’s going on? The rise of technology, overprotective parenting, and education that has become an exam factory are several aspects that psychologists point to as the cause of anxiety in this generation. Another aspect, brought up by several colleagues and psychologists I’ve spoken with, is the luxury (thankful as that may sound) of having too much choice.”
Pieter Kruger, a London-based psychologist, says research has shown that people who feel they have no choice are actually much more resilient – mainly because they can blame life or others for their wrong decisions. When you have a lot of choices, you can’t blame anyone but yourself. “However, we are becoming more and more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time,” he says.
Writer Claire Eastham, 26, captions it on her blog: We’re all crazy here:
“I spent a lot of time worrying about what I wanted to do with my life. Previous generations have taken that choice out of their hands. When you are told what to do, the pressure is gone.”
In our modern age, having to make choices can be paralyzing. Often we will do obsessive research into the countless possibilities of, just to name a few, buying a pair of shoes. Eventually, you’ll drown in the sheer volume of information, blocking the entire buying adventure, leaving you exhausted, left feeling guilty for not being able to complete a seemingly simple task.
Technology also contributes to the increase in fear. A large number of ‘Millennials’ feel completely lost without a cell phone, so it is carried with them permanently. Mobile phones give the impression that they enlarge your view of the world and create a sense of belonging. But there’s also a dark side to the need to stay on top of what everyone else is doing on social media – also known as FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), the fear of missing out.
“FOMO is a very realistic problem. It can cause addiction, resulting in varying levels of anxiety and a general sense of unease,” said Kruger.
Social media allows us to compare everything to ourselves – relationships, eating habits, your body, beauty, wealth, standard of living – and not just to our friends, but also to celebrities. And, as research has shown, spending a lot of time on social media “can cause depression in people who compare themselves to others.”
In addition to changing our lifestyle and protecting ourselves from exposure to too much social media—as well as learning to deal with the often overwhelming amount of choices—neurologists have discovered that listening to specially crafted music can profoundly affect varying degrees of anxiety.
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Making the best anti-stress music
Researchers from the British Mindlab International wanted to know what kind of music leads to deep relaxation. In this study, participants were hooked up to sensors and tasked with solving complex puzzles – which, inherently, resulted in a certain amount of stress. At the same time, the participants listened to different types of music while the researchers measured brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate.
It was clear from this that while playing one song – “Weightless” – the participants felt a striking 65 percent reduction in their overall anxiety, as well as a 35 percent reduction in anxiety in a normal physical state of rest.
It is interesting to know that this song was specially developed to bring you into a very relaxed state. The song was composed by Marconi Unie, who, together with musicians and sound therapists, carefully arranged the harmonies, rhythms and basslines, which lowers the listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, as well as the production of stress hormones, such as cortisol.
This music proved so effective that it made many of the female participants drowsy — which is why lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson strongly advised against listening to this music while driving.
If you don’t believe all this, experience it for yourself: