From different types of therapy to a variety of mood-boosting food, the world has truly come a long way in helping people manage their anxiety. Mental health awareness and education have helped a great deal, and with prominent figures stepping forward and speaking up not only to empathize but share their personal stories, there’s more support for people with mental health challenges than there ever was. This has encouraged studies and research on how to tackle anxiety—and among emerging solutions is a type of soundwave therapy called binaural beats therapy.
But first, what are binaural beats? On a daily basis, our ears pick up different sound frequencies measured in hertz (Hz). Your left ear may perceive a tone of 150 Hz while the right perceives 160 Hz, and it’s that 10 Hz difference between the two that is called the binaural beat.
According to a study, binaural beats may have a positive impact on reducing anxiety. Listening to binaural beats for 20 minutes daily, in another study, showed a 26% drop in anxiety symptoms during a two-week span and alongside conventional therapy. With all these said, is it worth a shot? We think so! Here are three reasons why you should try soundwave therapy to tackle your anxiety.
- It can help keep your thoughts hushed.
A lot of people with anxiety have trouble keeping their thoughts quiet enough to be able to concentrate on anything, which is why binaural beats therapy may actually work. Because it makes use of musical tracks and specific sounds as a medium, it can help divert a person’s attention from the endless chatter in their heads to what they’re listening to instead. That’s hitting two birds with one stone, and all while reaping a host of benefits.
- It’s an inexpensive choice that can complement therapy.
Let’s be realistic: therapy is already expensive enough as it is, and if you’re on medication, then you might be more reluctant about giving other “add-on” therapies a try, especially if you’re not sure if it will work for you and still have to pay for it. But here’s the thing: binaural beats therapy doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg. You can look for tracks yourself or even ask your psychologist for a recommendation—there’s a ton of binaural beats tracks out there that you can use, and a lot of them are free too!
- The benefits don’t start and end with the reduction of anxiety.
Research suggests that binaural beats can also increase relaxation, focus, and concentration, lower stress, help with pain management, encourage a positive mood and even promote creativity just by selecting different tracks and waves. It may take a bit of trial and error, but if the benefits are this good, then why not?
While more research needs to be done about this therapy (so be careful if you have pre-existing conditions, are pregnant, plan to use it on a kid, and drive or operate heavy machinery), as a simple and affordable alternative to go alongside conventional therapy, it’s definitely something worth talking to your psychologist about. You never know—it might just be something that finally works for you.