According to a 2015 study by Stanford and Harvard Business Schools, health problems related to job stress (eg, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health) takes the lives of more than 120,000 Americans each year — more than the number of lives lost due to diabetes, influenza, or Alzheimers. The cost to the healthcare system? A staggering $180 billion per year.
So what can be done to reduce job-related stress? Short of climbing back into the womb, and immersing oneself in the most perfect environment of relaxation (weightlessness of amniotic fluid, warmth, and mother’s heartbeat), neuroscientists are prescribing a daily dose of super relaxing music. Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson and his colleagues at Mindlab International, a communication and brand research firm, conducted research to find out which songs had the greatest relaxing effect on participants. Subjects were connected to several sensors — measuring heart rate, rate of breathing, and blood pressure — and asked to solve challenging stress-producing puzzles while listening to music. One particular song, “Weightless” by Marconi Union, reduced the anxiety of participants by as much as 65%. Not surprisingly, Marconi Union worked with sound therapists to create a perfect blend of harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines to relax listeners, slowing down their heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
So when you are feeling stressed at work, or at home, put on a pair of headphones and tune out, and tune in to the top ten most relaxing songs in the world:
1. Weightless by Marconi Union
2. Electra by Airstream
3. Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) by DJ Shah
4. Watermark by Enya
5. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
6. Please Don’t Go by Barcelona
7. Pure Shores by All Saints
8. Someone Like You by Adele
9. Canzonetta Sull’aria by Mozart
10. We Can Fly by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
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For further reading: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/02/the-alarming-long-term-consequences-of-workplace-stress/385397/