Many of us are feeling heightened anxiety right now with the stress of COVID-19. Our routines and activities have been altered, forcing us into this new normal. While much of the world has changed, the way music can move and inspire us, even in the direst circumstances has not changed at all. We know that music can improve memory and mood, so when times are tough, what should we be listening to?
We looked to Spotify to help us curate a playlist for you that will help calm your worries and soothe your soul.
- Weightless by Marconi Union
- Electra by Airstream
- Mellomaniac by DJ Shah
- Indigo by LEFT.
- Watermark by Enya
- Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
- Please Don’t Go by Barcelona
- Pure Shores by All Saints
- Someone Like You by Adele
- Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
While these are just 10 of the songs from the Spotify playlist, why is it that this variety of music calms people?
All of these songs do something to people, evoke a feeling, a memory or simply just zone them out from the rest of the world. This can be from the lyrics portraying a calming message or the instrumentals immersing you into another part of your brain.
But what is the benefit of listening to music that calms the nerves?
- Stress reducer. According to scientists, the song Weightless by Marconi Union is the most effective song for calming heart rate, respiration, and brain activity.
- Improves concentration. Do you ever notice how ambient sound can help you fall asleep? Well, a similar principle holds when it comes to listening to nature sounds or music that is inspired by the sounds of the outdoors. Often, listening to music will help with brain function too, drawing connections to tasks and sound, and even memory.
- Slows your heart rate. You know the song, “Listen to Your Heart,” well, science is telling us we should–it wants more music! Music has a way of regulating heartbeat and the rhythm which can help slow your heart rate when listening to soothing sounds.
- It helps with eating patterns. We’ve talked about this in the past, but with many of us home, it’s worth mentioning again. Listening to music while you eat can help you be more mindful of what you put inside your body. The beat of a song may influence how you chew, how much you eat and how long it takes you to consume it.
We know music is a powerful thing. So find your new favorite jam, rock out–or chill out, and enjoy!