Anxiety, a feeling of stress, fear and panic, is everywhere around us.

In 4th century BC, Hippocrates wrote about anxiety. Moreover, in 1860 and 1925 Soren Kierkegaard and Sigmund Freud, respectively, wrote about it.

However, anxiety is still present today, particularly among the young people. Anxiety is often treated either with the traditional pharmaceutical drugs or with cognitive therapies. The holistic approach usually includes doing yoga, meditation, relaxation and massage.

The music therapy has been also proven as very beneficial for treating anxiety. However, recently, neuroscientists have found out a song that soothes anxiety up to 65 %.

GENERATION Y (1980s – 1990s) AND ANXIETY

A study, carried out in 2013, has shown that nearly 57 % of American female students experienced continuous anxiety. In addition, in the UK, The YouthNet charity found out that 1/3 of young women, or 1 in 10 men, experienced panic attacks.

Marjorie Wallace, a CEO of the Sane Charity, thinks that the generation Y (1980s – 1990s) is a generation of desperation. She claims that it had always been hard to grow up, but the sense of desperation was something new.

Rachel Dove talks about anxiety and claims that the advanced technology, protective parenting, taking exams, are the main causes for breeding anger and anxiety in students. Another cause, which was introduced by many psychologists, was luxury, or having too many alternatives.

Pieter Kruger, a psychologist from London, stated that, according to the researches, people, who have no alternatives, are more vulnerable, and blame their life or other people whenever they made a mistake or a wrong decision. Nevertheless, you are offered numerous alternatives; you cannot blame others, but yourself.

Claire Eastham totally agrees with Kruger, adding that she was constantly worried about her life. Generations, which had made choices, feel more confident and live without pressure.

However, nowadays, making decisions may cause paralysis. For example, we often passionately look out for choices when buying a new pair of shoes. But, too much information and choices may lead to exhaustion and anxiety, caused by an easy task.

Anxiety is also heightened by advanced technology. A great number of people cannot be live without their phones, and do not go out without them. People use them to look up for new information and to connect to other people.

However, the side effects of using phones is that we become dependent on them and we are afraid that we will not see what other people are doing on the social media, which is also known as FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. Namely,

Kruger believes that FOMO represents an addiction, which increases anxiety.

Social media let us make comparison of other people’s relationships, living standard, wealth, friendship, of both our friends and celebrities. According to the researches, spending time on the social media may cause depression in people by comparing their life to others.

Despite limiting the time spend on the social media and taking care of our lifestyle, neuroscientists suggested one more way to overcome depression and anxiety, namely, they have found out a song, which significantly reduced anxiety.

CREATING UTTERMOST ANTI-STRESS MUSIC

A team of researchers at the Mindlab International in the United Kingdom tried to find out what type of music makes people calm down. Namely, in the researches, the participants tried to solve puzzles, which stimulated some anxiety, while listening to some kind of music. Meanwhile, the researches rated their heart rate, brain activity, breathing rate, and blood pressure.

The results has shown that ‘Weightless’, one of the songs, reduced the anxiety levels up to 65 % and psychological resting levels up to 35 %.

What is more important is the fact that the song was created to stimulate relaxation. The song, designed by Marconi Union, a union of musicians and therapists, who combined melodies, rhythms and harmonies, not only lowered the listeners’ blood pressure and heart rate, but also reduced the anxiety hormones, such as cortisol.

In addition, the music was very beneficial, and made many of the female participants dozy. For this reason, Dr. D. Lewis – Hodgson advised drivers not to listen to it while driving.

You can listen to the song ‘Weightless’ by Marconi United below.