Singing is An Ideal Way to Relax
Sing, sing a song, Sing out loud, Sing out strong, Sing of good things not bad, Sing of happy not sad.
Sing, sing a song, Make it simple to last, Your whole life long, Don’t worry that it’s not, Good enough for anyone, Else to hear, Just sing, sing a song.
Sing, sing a song, Let the world sing along, Sing of love there could be, Sing for you and for me.
Sing, sing a song, Make it simple to last, Your whole life long, Don’t worry that it’s not, Good enough for anyone, Else to hear, Just sing, sing a song
Written by The Carpenters, I believe they wrote the perfect song about singing for everyone if you have a good tone or not. Music has the ability to trigger the emotional and physical health that can bring a sense of well-being to any age. Singing is the ideal way to incorporate music in your life.
Here are 5 reasons why you should sing:
From my personal point of view, I have witnessed that while singing I can express my emotions including those which I cannot express in routine. Music explains what cannot be explained. Singing can reduce stress, improve posture and relieve anxiety. You don’t really have to be a trained singer to sing. Anyone, literally anyone can sing and they can get the same benefits as another get. When singing, the vibrations pulsate through the body and as a result, endorphins are released that are linked with pleasure. As a result, anxiety, and stress are relieved. Oxytocin, the hormone, also boosts feelings of trust and bonding, which helps connect you to the songs you are singing and/or the people you’re singing with.
Many of you might not be aware of the fact that singing helps improve posture. Singing correctly requires the use of the diaphragm, a muscle below the ribs that draws and pushes the air in and out. When we sing, the diaphragm is constantly contracting and relaxing in different stages, ultimately, the posture is being improved.
Singing brings a positive impact on your life. You feel rejoiced and find a medium to express yourself and your hidden emotions. Even when you’re singing with someone, probably while your headphones are on or during a live concert, you will feel within yourself how energetic and let the happiness flow through you. Singing brings about a positive effect in your life and you can have the opportunity to be able to eliminate a few of the negativity from your life and surroundings. Singing can be the best way you can use to change your mental state. If you are feeling lousy or down, you can sing your heart out and notice as you feel your spirits lifting. There are also some psychologists who use music therapy to help their patients with depression, anxiety, and stress and the results have been astonishing.
Find a singing group in your community to sing with, even if you feel you don’t have a beautiful voice. The wonderful thing about group singing is the support you will receive as you develop your skills. The unity of the group will give you that sense of inner connection, that feeling of creating something bigger than yourself and harmony. Together you will sing and have a good time as well. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and surely, more fun than exercising. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.
I found music to be the therapy of choice. I guess it is for a lot of people. ~David ByrneClick to tweet
Singing Boosts the Immune System and Well-Being
Studies have linked singing with a lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure, and reduced stress, according to Patricia Preston-Roberts, a board-certified music therapist in New York City. She uses song to help patients who suffer from a variety of psychological and physiological conditions.
Several studies have found that singing also enhances immunity and well-being. One, conducted at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, found that choral members had higher levels of immunoglobulin A and cortisol — markers of enhanced immunity — after they sang Mozart’s “Requiem” than before. Just listening to the music did not have this effect.
In another study, members of a choir filled out questionnaires to report their physical and psychological reactions to singing. The choristers reported:
- Improved lung capacity
- High energy
- Relieved asthma
- Improves posture
- Enhanced feelings of relaxation, mood, and confidence
The vibrations that travel through the body through singing can release blocked energy and relieve tension, especially in the chest area, where tonal vibrations are most intense. This is due in part to the vibrations themselves which can travel through muscle, bone, tissue and organs and act as a massage of sorts and also through the deep diaphragmatic breathing that is activated through singing.
Whether singing in the shower, in a choir or with a small child “sound therapy” is linked to health benefits for body and spirit. Since ancient times singing has been considered a healing tool, especially chanting, and we all know that countries have created national anthems to generate patriotism to motivate people to do things for their nation. Sounds can influence brain wave frequencies and promote well-being, specifically:
- Reduce stress and improve mood
- Lower blood pressure
- Boost the immune system
- Improve breathing
- Reduce perceived pain
- Improve a sense of rhythm
- Promote learning in children
- Forge comforting memories
- Promote communal bonding
- Provide comfort
- Motivate and empower