Anxiety – the feeling of panic, worry, fear, and dread. It is a feeling which holds a strong grip on a very large population. In fact, Anxiety Centre reports that in the United States alone, about 30% of the adult population aged 18 to 54 has anxiety disorders.
Regarding the workplace and the educational system, 41% of employees from a range of industries, and more than half of college students seek help for their anxiety issues.
In fact, anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America and people with an anxiety disorder are 3-5 times more likely to visit the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than non-sufferers.
How did anxiety become so prevalent in our society?
“The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting, and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst,” states the Telegraph. It is true that all these factors can contribute to the development of anxiety.
This is mainly because people tend to grow very insecure from all these things. The values are shattered and the judgment is greater than ever and comes from every corner. It’s just natural to assume that this kind of living can make any person anxious.
Another factor that can increase anxiety is the overwhelming amount of choice people get. It is not that choice in itself is harmful to have, but regarding the pressure to be always the best in a society which judges your every move, some choices (or the insecurities that can come from the sheer amount of choice) can definitely affect your self-esteem.
So, how to fight it?
Anxiety nowadays is treated with medications and counseling. Pharmaceutical companies thrive on the anxiety of the people: 65% of North Americans taking prescription medications daily and 43% taking mood altering prescriptions regularly.
However, in most cases, relaxation has been proven to be a very effective way of treating anxiety. For this reason, there are also holistic approaches such as meditation, different types of yoga, massage, and other relaxation techniques.
Music therapy is another interesting approach to reduce anxiety. Although so far it has had some success, British neuroscientists assert that they have found the perfect song for people who suffer from anxiety. They report that this song has the ability to reduce anxiety by 65% just by listening to it.
According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, this song managed to induce a greater state of relaxation in the listener than any other music tested to date. The tests had shown that listening to this song resulted in a staggering 65% reduction in the participants’ overall anxiety and a 35% reduction in their usual psychological resting states.
The name of the song is Weightless and is created by Marconi Union.
What is particularly curious about this song is that Marconi Union created it in collaboration with sound therapists. It has been created in such a way that it’s designed to slow down heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of stress.
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