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Lady Gaga best for stress, poll finds

By | Published on Wednesday 23 February 2011

Lady Gaga

Commuters find Lady Gaga most relieves stress at the start of the working week, according to new research by mental health charity Mind.

The organisation also found that 74% of people listen to their favourite songs on their way to work, and 52% reported feeling energised for the day as a result. A third said that listening to music cheers them up when they are down about work, while just under a quarter agreed that they found listening to music during their morning commute relaxing.

While at work, 36% of people who listen to music in their offices said it improved the workplace, 32% said it improved morale and 26% said it reduced stress and workplace disagreements. Meanwhile 18% reckoned that listening to music at their desk would make them more productive. The other 72% are presumably listening to the wrong music.

A poll found that people’s top five stress-busting acts are as follows:

1. Lady Gaga
2. Cheryl Cole
3. Rhianna
4. Mumford & Sons
5. Take That

Mind Chief Executive, Paul Farmer told CMU: “The therapeutic benefits of listening to music are well-known. A song which makes you feel good can be incredibly soothing and help to reduce anxiety. If you’re worried about your working day ahead then listening to your favourite songs on your commute can be a great way to relax and refocus”.

He continued: “When you’re tackling a heavy workload, music can be a great motivator and boost productivity. It helps to eliminate distractions around you such as noisy colleagues, machinery or phones so that you can focus on the task in hand. While listening to music may not fit in with the culture of every workplace, we urge employers to be flexible in their outlook and create dialogue with their staff about their preferences”.

Mind is now launching a Twitter campaign asking people to tweet their favourite stress-relieving songs with the hashtag #MindMusicMonday at the start of each working week. Those people who do so can not only show off their awesome taste in music, but will also help raise awareness of issues around stress and anxiety.

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