Music is a known way to reduce stress levels and help you chill out, but it turns out your song choice has something to do with how much those tunes help you relax. There’s one song that science found to be a super-stress-buster, basically taking you from tense and stressed to totally chill over the course of its 8 minutes and 9 seconds.
Inc reports researchers at Mindlab International found “Weightless” by Marconi Union reduces anxiety in listeners by up to 65%. The song’s dulcet tones helps insomnia and is shown to reduce stress levels, making it your ultimate self-care tool. It’s no coincidence, though. According to Inc, Marconi Union worked with sound therapists to compose the most relaxing song possible.
Each note in “Weightless” is designed to slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of cortisol, your body’s stress hormone. The song works so well at relaxing you, researchers advise against listening to it while driving.
Finding ways to reduce stress is super important. With school, sports, clubs, friends, family and more on your plate, it’s easy to see why stress might be building. In fact, teens today face more pressure than ever, leading to more and more teens reporting depression and anxiety. It might be that you can handle stress or other mental health pressures through relaxation techniques or other coping methods, but you might also need therapy or medication to deal with your depression or anxiety. There’s definitely no shame in that, in fact it’s healthy to get the help you need. No matter how you deal with your mental wellbeing, adding “Weightless” to your playlist definitely can’t hurt.
It’s not only that one song that can help you chill, though. Researchers made a whole playlist, which you can find here. Other relaxing songs include Adele’s “Someone Like You,” “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay, and “Watermark” by Enya. Queue up the playlist this weekend, throw on a face mask and light a candle and you’re sure to head back to school on Monday your best self.
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