The Power Of Binaural Beats To Alleviate Anxiety
If you’re feeling anxious, depleted, or exhausted on a daily basis, 15 minutes of listening to binaural beats can assist you in restoring your energy without depending on caffeine and other stimulants to go through the day.
Did you know that you can play specific frequencies to reduce anxiety and tune into high vibrations of happiness and peace within minutes? You can do that with the power of Binaural Beats.
Sounds have a tremendous influence on our psyche. Try to remember all the times when certain songs elevated your mood almost instantly while other sounds made your anxiety worse.
Binaural beats are part of the Brainwave Entrainment technology, have a tremendous effect on our brain and body and they can uplift our spirit fairly quickly.
Luckily, these special beats are getting more widely known and people around the world use them regularly to relieve anxiety.
So how do binaural beats work and why should you add them to your anxiety management routine?
How Binaural Beats Work
In 1839 the German scientist William Dove firstly discovered that if you one is exposed to certain beats for each ear separately, you can rapidly shift the brainwaves activity and by that — alter the mood and consciousness. How cool is that?
He called this technique “Binaural Beats” because the frequencies operate simultaneously and dually on the two ear canals.
Following studies on binaural beats kept on developing and researching this subject. One study from 1973 by the American scientist Dr. Gerald Oster published an important article that revealed that when you play one ear a certain tone, lower waves in the brain are turning into that tone and resonate the same frequency.
He named this phenomenon the synchronization of the brain. in other words, if you’re exposed to different sounds in each ear, the brain will connect these two vibrations and you’ll hear the sound that is the difference between these two sounds.
What Are Binaural Beats Good For
The usage of binaural technology is significant for brain training and is backed by science.
Anyone who wants to benefit from therapeutic sounds (i.e. Sound Therapy) for emotional, mental, and physical well-being can use binaural beats for their personal growth purposes (although it’s not for pregnant women, epilepsy sufferers, people under 18 years old, and more).
But for most people, binaural beats are utterly safe and can be wonderful for taming stress, fear, and anxiety.
Besides anxiety, binaural beats are amazing for improving creativity, sharpening clarity, increasing focus, fight depression, enhance physical performance and so much more.
Monks, who are experts in meditation and bringing their brain into optimal hemispheres synchronization practice years to reach these states.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend years in Tibet or Buddhist monasteries to align your brain with relaxing brainwaves to soothe anxiety, increase your higher intuition and awareness.
All you need to do is dedicate between 15–30 minutes a day, preferably at night (unless you use Beta waves binaural tracks), and play binaural beats recordings.
Brainwaves List and Functions
Our brain generates electronic pulses that are called brainwaves. This electronic activity can be measured by EEG.
Binaural beats can impact our brain in a way that we can shift our anxious brainwaves (usually beta waves) into calming ones (Alpha and Theta) fairly quickly and without any effort on our end.
The pace of the brain activity we measure in Hz.
Every substance in the Universe is comprised of electronic vibration and so is our physical body. Every cell in our body has electromagnetic files, and their velocity of frequency is called vibration. The vibration units are measured in Hz.
Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling. Let’s discover the different brainwaves we have and which ones we should tune into in order to wash away anxiety and bring calmness and peace.
Relaxing, recharging, and promotes mental clarity (7Hz — 14.5 Hz).
Alpha is the resting state of the brain. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration, and learning.
Neuroscientists have found that an increase in alpha waves reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. EEG scanning shows that Alpha waves are seen during a normal wakeful state where the subject is quietly resting.
These waves are produced when we are carried away by imagination, or when we close our eyes and relax for a few moments.
Practicing meditation can also brain us to an Alpha state, but that requires time — usually, we can get there after 30 minutes, while with Binaural beats we can get there after just a few minutes.
Alpha state is great for anxiety-related conditions and I use it in many of my recordings.
This state balances between the two hemispheres and a connection forms between the conscious and the subconscious mind.
This is a great time window to use visualization methods or create mental images of your goals and dreams.
Drifting away, euphoria, and deep relaxation (4 Hz — 7 Hz)
We usually only drop into the theta state just before we go to sleep, or when we’re dreaming (REM sleep), or if we wake up in the middle of the night but they don’t occur during the deepest phases of sleep.
Children until the age of about 6 years old function on theta waves.
That’s the reason it’s so easy to shape their brains and emotionally or physically threatening situations can be traumatic for them.
In this state, our brain is like a sponge and we can absorb messages with more ease. This is why I use theta waves in most of my binaural beats or Isochronic tones tracks.
I find theta waves to be even more beneficial than alpha waves. Not only this state can also bring about a reduction in anxiety, but Binaural theta waves are great for recalling memories from earlier in life.
As part of our protective mechanism, our brain has repressed upsetting or traumatic memories from our past. But some of these painful memories are still stored in our tissue, on a cellular level.
And in order to clear them out of our system, or minimize their impact on our psyche, it’s important to bring them to the surface.
When these past experiences are arising, we can finally let ourselves feel what we couldn’t do back then because we entered into a fight, flight, or freeze mode.
Many times when we experience anxiety, sometimes for no apparent reason is that we are triggered by something that we’re not aware of.
But thanks to Binaural beats, we can enter this deep, calming theta state, re-live the painful past, allow ourselves to feel and grieve, and release these stuck emotions that cause anxiety.
Slow-wave sleep (4 Hz — 1.5 Hz). These are connected to deep sleep and also common in infants (try to imagine babies and how often they snooze).
In a situation of hurt or injury, the brain produces delta waves to bring the body into a loss of consciousness to ease the pain.
Focus, alertness — these are fast brainwaves that occur when we are awake, analyzing situations or data or when we’re thinking and make decisions.
If you tend to suffer from anxiety, your brain might be functioning on high beta waves, even during times you’re supposed to lower gears and enter into soothing stages.
For example, when you wake up in the middle of the night due to fearful thoughts or when you can’t fall asleep.
Binaural beats are one of the easiest to use tools to get you out of the hypervigilant beta state of anxiety.
I invite you to explore my recordings and choose your preferred brainwave entrainment programs.
As you can see, the faster (and higher frequency) the brainwave pattern, the greater your state of arousal. The slower and lower frequency brainwaves are, the deeper your state of relaxation or sleep.
There are many methods that are specifically designed to target anxiety. Binaural Beats are definitely high up there due to their simplicity, the capability to induce rapid calmness, and there is no former experience required.