Music to calm flying anxiety

Last updated 17:35 18/06/2013
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FEAR OF FLYING: What's the best soundtrack to calm anxious flyers?

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If you're a nervous flyer, chances are, nothing can put you truly at ease as you hurtle through the air at 800kmh.

But new research has discovered certain songs can have a soothing effect for those anxious in their seats.

British anxiety psychologist Becky Spelman found that breathing in time to music that had a low amount of beats per minute could lower the heart and reduce anxiety.

"Travel anxiety is caused by irrational thoughts where the threat is exaggerated and inappropriate," she said.

"Music that stimulates both the logical left and emotional right sides of the brain is said to stimulate the limbic system, which processes negative memories and emotions, which in turn helps people think in a more balanced, rational way suppressing anxiety.

"Piano on The Beach by Liborio Conti works using this method of music therapy, but must be listened to with headphones to be effective."

Sponsored by music-sharing app Spotify, the research found the best song to listen to to calm the nerves is Someone Like You, by Adele.

The playlist of top 15 flying songs however, isn't all sentimental mush (although some of it is).

Top songs to fly to:

Someone Like You - Adele

Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) - Enya

Piano on The Beach - Liborio Conti

Piano Concerto No 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467 - Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Pure Shores - All Saints

Buffalo Soldier - Bob Marley

Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Paradise - Coldplay

As I Lay Me Down - Sophie B. Hawkins

Inside Out - Britney Spears

Ignition - R Kelly

Flaws and All - Beyonce

The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

Space Oddity - David Bowie

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