Stress levels are seemingly higher than they’ve ever been before, and as part of the LGBT+ community, we’re more likely to experience poor mental health.
Sound therapies have been a way to relax and restore one’s health; both physical and mental. Way back in indigenous cultures, they would play chilled tunes to enhance their well-being. And now UK scientists are confirming that it works.
From Inc: The study was conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors. The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity as well as physiological states that included heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.
The song that proved most successful in reducing anxiety and stress – up to 65% – was ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union. A song that has since become so popular on YouTube that it has a 10-hour extended version available – for those of us that are really damn stressed.
Marconi Union actually worked with sound therapists to create a song that slows the listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
We’re moving into an age where people are starting to learn that if they want to preserve their mental health, they need to take time for themselves. So do it. It actually works! And it’s also great for getting to sleep.