Can’t narrow down on a playlist to deal with stress? Scientists have created one so now, you don’t have to. Through rigorous experimentation and studying people’s stress levels, Mindlab International researchers have narrowed down the the top stress-busting songs.
It has been long known that listening to music can help relax the mind. Humans have grown up falling asleep of lullabies for centuries. It is also believed that by combating stress, music can help improve a person’s health as well. Stress has been associated with elevated risks of heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, obesity, and even psychological problems like depression. It is imperative that we deal with stress and anxiety to continue a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, who conducted the study at Mindlab International, instructed a group of people to solve a few puzzles. He then monitored their brain activity to examine when stress levels peak and when do they dip. Other indicators for stress like, blood pressure, heart rate and the person’s rate of breathing were also monitored.
The same physiological factors were measured while the subjects listened to music and the results were then compared. According to Lewis-Hodgson, the song that was found to be the most stress-relieving in the study has produced positive results far greater than any other till date. This song is “Weightless” by Marconi Union.
Lewis-Hodgson further explained the results of the top track, saying, “‘Weightless’ was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”
All ten of these songs have been listed below.
10. Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)- “We Can Fly”
9. Mozart-“Canzonetta Sull’aria”
8. Adele- “Someone Like You”
7. All Saints- “Pure Shores”
6. Barcelona- “Please Don’t Go”
5. Coldplay- “Strawberry Swing”
4. Enya- “Watermark”
3. DJ Shah- “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)”
2. Airstream- “Electra”
1. Marconi Union- “Weightless”
A playlist of all these songs is available for download on Spotify here so, you don’t even have to stress about locating these songs.