Anxiety is an emotion that manifests through fear and inner turmoil. It affects millions of people around the world, and has been well documented throughout history. Although the problem is more common in middle-aged and older people, it is now affecting an increasing number of young people as well.
Generation Y and anxiety
According to one survey, 57% of the female population in the USA suffers from anxiety, with a third of all women in the UK suffering from it as well. Marjorie Wallace, a UK psychologist, says that generation Y (young people born between 1980 and 1990) belongs to the age of anxiety. The major advances in technology, overprotective parenting and the luxury of too many choices may be responsible for that. Peter Kruger, another UK psychologist agrees with this view and says that people that have few choices in their life are usually the stronger individuals. They never put the blame on others than themselves for their bad decisions, but may end up being obsesses over choices if they try too hard to make the right decision every time.
According to Claire Eastham, writer on the “We’re all mad here” blog, people spend much time worrying about their life, but the pressure may fade if they’re told what to do. Decision making can make people exhausted and paralyzed and may have a negative effect on our wellbeing.
The major advances in the field of technology in recent decades is another cause for anxiety. Nowadays, people are obsessing about tablets and smartphones and are rapidly getting disconnected from society. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is the main reason for the anxiety that stems from not checking what’s going on in the world on social media. According to Kruger, FOMO can raise the level of anxiety and cause numerous other problems.
The increased availability of internet and social media are making people compare themselves to unrealistic images and goals, which can make them feel depressed and anxious. And, although anxiety can be controlled, but not treated, neuroscientists have now discovered a soothing song that can reduce the levels of anxiety significantly.
The ultimate anti-stress music
Scientists from MindLab Laboratory were trying to find the perfect anti-stress tunes. They played certain songs to a small number of anxious people and recorded their blood pressure, heart and breathing rate and brain activity for the duration of the songs. The “Weightless” single by Marconi Union had the best results, reducing 65% of the anxiety and 35% of the psychological resting rate in all participants.
The song was carefully arranged to reduce the blood pressure and heart rate of the listener while also reducing the production of cortisol. Watch the “Weightless” video below and see if the song works for yourself:
Source : healthylifecenter.net