Are life’s tasks, worries, and responsibilities leaving you feeling tense, zapped, and stressed? If so, listening to relaxing music sounds might be your key to peace of mind and release of tension. And when you access relaxation, you can at last begin to recharge and revitalize so you’re ready to take on whatever life brings your way.
Relaxing music sounds for stress reduction
Stress is the norm in today’s fast-paced world. According to a 2017 Gallup Survey, eight out of ten Americans report feeling stress sometimes or frequently during their day. And while we seem to have accepted perpetual stress as part of life, that doesn’t mean it’s good for us. In fact, stress is extremely detrimental to our health and wellbeing. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of stress are very harmful to our body, mood, and behavior. Just some of the physical, mental, and emotional effects of stress include: headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, chest pain, anxiety, lack of motivation or focus, irritability, depression, social withdrawal, and decreased exercise.
Conversely, the Mayo Clinic informs us that relaxation is very good for our health and wellbeing. Just some of the health benefits the Mayo Clinic links to relaxation include: lower blood pressure, improved digestion, increased blood flow to major muscle groups, reduced muscle tension and chronic pain, improved concentration and mood, lowered fatigue, reduced anger and frustration, and boosted confidence.
And to ease stress and access these benefits of relaxation, something intrinsically tells us to turn to relaxing music sounds. The American Psychological Association published a study on the 2017 results of nationwide surveys on Stress in America. In the results, 47 percent of Americans reported they managed stress by listening to music. Listening to music was the most common way Americans said they managed stress. It was an even more common way to manage stress than exercise.
Studies link classical music as well as music we like with stress reduction. But relaxing music sounds made on a certain, specific musical scale connect all humans across cultures and throughout history. Due to our (seemingly instinctual) familiarity with it, this type of music can result in comforting and physiologically natural stress reduction.
Relaxing music sounds on the pentatonic scale
The musical scale linked to relaxation and shared by many ancient cultures is the pentatonic scale. A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave. Pentatonic notes are distinct because as modern humans, we’re more accustomed to hearing music made on the heptatonic scale. The heptatonic scale — such as the major scale or minor scale — has seven notes per octave.
Pentatonic music is globally present in ancient folk music. From Europe to South America to Africa, humans historically composed music on the pentatonic scale. This would suggest humans are naturally drawn to pentatonic music. Therefore, it’s not surprising we find it comforting. Studies reveal listening to relaxing music sounds in the form of pentatonic music, specifically, can significantly reduce stress hormone levels.
An app that personalizes relaxing music sounds
We know we’re stressed, and that stress is bad for us. We know we need relaxation, and that relaxation is good for us. Advances in science and technology are here to help us decrease our stress levels and access the benefits of relaxation.
A Berlin-based team of artists, developers, and scientists designed and released a revolutionary new sound engine called Endel. Now globally available in app form, Endel creates personalized ambient soundscapes to align listeners’ body and mind to any mode, task, or mood. The adaptive app is algorithm powered, and it bases its algorithm on pentatonic scale, sound masking (to help block out disturbing or distracting noises), and circadian rhythm (our natural sleep/wake cycle). Endel’s use of pentatonic scale and pure intonation results in simple, physiologically natural sounds that increase relaxation and decrease anxiety. App users reported experiencing a 3.6 x decrease in anxiety while immersed in Endel’s relaxing soundscapes.
Users can choose between multiple modes on Endel, such as Relax, Sleep, Focus, and On-The-Go. Once you choose a mode, Endel further personalizes the sounds it generates — just for you. It does this by adapting to your personal inputs, including heart rate, location, weather, and time zone. These aren’t just any relaxing sounds; they’re the relaxing sounds that are most relevant and effective for you, wherever you are, whenever you need to relax.
Enhance your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing through the benefits of relaxation. Get the rest and recharge you need to live life full of zest and vitality.
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