Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Just a Few More Reasons Why Singing is Good for You! Stress Relief, Self Esteem, Pain Management.....
Singing uses deep belly breathing which calms the nerves and takes out of the 'flight or fight' mode of stress.
We live in a world of stress, often not taking time for ourselves or continuing to push through hectic times instead of taking a moment to breathe. When we sing, we use our deep belly breaths (or diaphragmatic breathing. When we do this, we relieve stress, and slow or stop the stress hormones that are released in our bodies. Try practicing when you start to get stressed from studying for a test- it will calm your nerves.
Singing also reduces our blood pressure, relaxes our muscles, and increases brain function.
The breath used in singing lowers our blood pressure and relaxes our muscles. When we are more relaxed, our brain functions better. We can clearly think through things as the rapidity of our thought slows down. (We process 60,000-90,000 thoughts per day. When we breathe and relax, thought production slows to be closer to 60,000 This is more manageable than 90,000 as our brain can thoroughly process the thought, not jump to another before one is finished) Armstrong, Doyle, Carroll Wellness
When we are more relaxed, not only do our brains function better, but so do our bodies.
When using relaxed breathing, our muscles get in sync better with one another. We sing better, which then in turn again makes us feel good!
Singing can improve self esteem.
From the example above, see that we sing better and therefore feel good about ourselves. This translates into other areas of our lives that we improve self esteem and self confidence.
Performance arts, such as singing, allow for self expression.
When singing a song, you are expressing the text of the song, but also adding your own personal interpretation.
Singing has been proven to enhance well-being, reduce feelings of pain, and even prolong life. (The Arts Key in Kids, Teens' Development) L. Tobin
We all have a song that we listen to or sing that just plain makes us feel good whether it be an angry song or a feel good place. When we SING it we slow our breaths and breathe deeply thus enhancing our stress release, pain, and love of life!
"Studies have linked singing with a lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure, and reduced stress despite the ability level of the singer." L.Tobin
No matter if you are singing alone or in the choir, the physical sensations of deeper breathing, and resonant qualities of singing help one feel better.
The next time you are feeling stressed, go sing and let some of the stress out!!!
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