Feeling anxious is quite common, and sometimes difficult. I've found myself pretty stressed lately, and overcome with worries that I knew to be minute, but yet, I couldn't stop the uneasy feeling. I'd tried all my other methods of calming myself, such as breathing slowly, but it didn't seem to work as much as I had hoped.
When I found music, it all changed.
There are many kinds of music, of course, but what I found was backed by neuroscientists. Sound therapy utilizes the energy frequencies to benefit the body in a multitude of ways - including the power to support those who are feeling nervous, anxious, uneasy, and more.
With this, I found scientifically proven music to tremendously reduce stress and anxiety - as well as music to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine - could be an answer.
It seemed like a solid theory, with much backing, so I decided to find out myself: does it really work?
Weightless by Macaroni Union
In a collaboration with sound therapists, Macaroni Union created "Weightless."
The music starts off with some slow and low beats (it kind of sounds like heartbeats) which work to slow down your heart rate to bring you to a state of calm.
I never realized how powerful listening to slow pounding beats could be in relaxing. Often, when you're feeling nervous, agitated, or anxious, your heartbeat will speed up, but this can slow it down a bit.
After the intro with the beats, the music begins with sounds that sound, well, unworldly - as in, not from this planet. The beats we heard in the beginning remain throughout, but play a bit softer. The main music kind of swirls (if that could be applied to describe such music) and leaves you feeling much less stressed than before.
Weightless was a huge yes for me, and I'd highly recommend it.
I must admit, I wasn't quite sure if this form of therapeutic emotional healing would really help, but I don't feel any doubts now that I've tried it. I suppose "music heals" can be very literal, too!
If you're looking to listen to this relaxing music for more than 30 minutes, there is a 10-hour version that is available here for free.
The Happiness Frequency music lets off higher sounds that sound as if it is vibrating and echoing.
This music is said to release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin.
I did not feel particularly excited nor jubilant after this video - and I can't say I felt "happiness", either.
But, what I can say is that I felt much calmer after listening to this sound.
This was a different kind of "calm" from Weightless, because with Weightless, I felt that my worries had been taken away; with this Happiness Frequency, I felt relaxed and reflective. This one was almost like a meditative sound.
If you would like to further your sound therapy experience, these are some of my recommendations:
1. Make a Playlist
Consider adding some relaxing and stress-free music to a specifically curated playlist. YouTube and Spotify are some great platforms that allow you to create your own playlists. You can also find tons of already-made playlists online. Above is a Stress Relief Playlist from Spotify.
Alongside your sound therapy, consider adding in meditation as a part of your experience!
If you're looking for a beginner's guide on meditation, click here for a YouTube video that gives you an introduction to begin.
Try some simple stretching moves to enhance your listening during the street relief music.
If you're feeling a bit uneasy and would like to relax and find calm, try any of the music above- or other similar sound therapies available on YouTube. Maybe you could even listen to it every day and release some happy chemicals into your atmosphere. With much hope that you found this beneficial, I also want to let you know: you got this!