While some us might not want to admit it, Autumn has officially begun with the 2016 Autumnal Equinox starting in the UK. With darker nights and drearier days looming upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you all why Autumn isn’t all that bad…
Check out our top six tips for how to handle this transition gracefully and with minimal stress!
1. Walking in the leaves
Seeing the leaves fall isn’t just a beautiful moment for the ears, but the sound of leaves crunching under foot is pretty special too.
This sound can release Dopamine, a natural anti-depressant which can leave you feeling euphoric.
The growth of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) in popular culture echoes this, with New Yorker Jennifer Allen first coining the phrase in 2010.
A growing number of followers are now listening to crunching, popping and hissing sounds to help with anxiety, depression and a whole host of other stress-related problems.
So grab your wellies and go for a walk in the forest; kick the leaves and listen to the sound of nature’s very own anti-depressant!
2. Create a ‘frisson’ playlist
The above sensation of goosebumps or spine tingling when listening to music is known as ‘frisson’.
If you have ever had goosebumps when hearing a piece of music, then you have just given yourself a shot of Dopamine – go you!
Why not put together a number of tracks that give you goosebumps for when the longing for summer hits you?
3. Listen to Marconi Union – Weightless
One of the tracks in your playlist should be this.
This track has been scientifically proven to be more relaxing than conventional relaxation music tested.
Working with Marconi Union, Lyz Cooper added the special sound therapy formula known to promote deep relaxation to the music and we came up with a winning combo of therapeutic music
4. Light a fire
The sound of the flames crackling along with the warmth lulls you into deep relaxation. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the logs burning – it will warm the soul!
Don’t have a fireplace? No problem – listen by clicking here!
5. Listen to Soundscapes – Awakenings
This track is one of my favourites on my album ‘Emergence’. You can hear a sample of it or order it by clicking here. This album was created at the Spring Equinox, and this track is about waking up. It has sounds that are uplifting and warming, perfect for the long nights and grey autumn days
6. Join the birds and start tweeting
A study by Ratcliffe et.al, (2013) found that ‘bird songs and calls were….the type of natural sound most commonly associated with perceived stress recovery and attention restoration.’
So basically birdsong is great for keeping you de-stressed so click here to listen to 3 hours of birdsong to lift the spirits and get you on your way.
The good news is that although there are not as many birds around as the weather gets colder, the dawn chorus starts later each day so why not get up a little earlier, wrap up and get some real-life tweets to lift the spirits!
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