Racing mind, heightened heart rate, a stomach with a tornado of butterflies swirling around–sound familiar? Once anxiety hits, it can feel impossible to control. Sure, we’ve totally tried all those breathing techniques, but they just don’t seem to do the trick. If you know this feeling all too well, then we’ve got great news for you. Researchers at Mindlab International have discovered a song that can reduce your anxiety by 65%.
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It’s not just a fluke either. The song, “Weightless,” by the musical trio Macaroni Union was specifically designed with the help of therapists to calm your mind and body. Richard Talbot from the trio explained, “It was fascinating working with a therapist to learn how and why certain sounds affect people’s mood. I always knew the power of music but we have previously written using gut feeling.”
Every note was chosen to reduce your heart rate and lower blood pressure and cortisol production (your body’s anxiety hormone). Take a listen:
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While this eight-minute version is perfect if you find yourself in a manic panic and need to ditch the anxiety ASAP, there’s also a 10-hour (yes, hour!) version that would be perfect for studying or for those of you who can’t turn off your mind at bedtime. But, be warned, the song is so relaxing that the band has warned people not to listen to it while you’re driving! The perfect blend of piano, guitar, and natural soundscapes can take you into a dreamlike state.
While music therapy has been proved to reduce stress, it can also have positive effects on test taking. So, until you can get your teachers to play the song while you’re taking your exams, we suggest listening to it right before you go into an important test.
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