When we allow ourselves the joy of self-expression through our voices, it awakens parts of us that may have been dormant or neglected for a long time. We gain access to a deep inner wisdom, and with this wisdom comes transformative power.
Did you know that singing improves your physical, emotional and social health?
A natural anti-depressant
Singing releases endorphins. The feel-good chemical in the brain that makes you feel happy!
Overcoming your fears through singing also boosts your confidence!
Improved blood circulation and oxygen-rich blood flow ensure that more oxygen reaches the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. Singing also releases stored muscle tension.
Singing reduces stress levels
Researchers found that the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, was lower after singing, an indication that people felt more relaxed after they’d sang out a tune. They also found singing reduces stress levels whether the participants were singing in a group or by themselves. As long as they feel safe in the space they’re singing.
A 2018 study done in the United Kingdom evaluated 20 people in a singing program known as The Sing Your Heart Out project. The participants included people with mental health conditions, as well as the general public. Researchers found that the participants reported improvements in their mental health, mood, sense of well-being, and feeling of belonging as a result of these singing workshops.
Singing strengthens your immune system
A 2004 study compared the effects of singing with the effects of simply listening to music. In two separate sessions, research subjects either sang or listened to music. Those who sang showed higher levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody your body secretes to help you fend off infections. Listening to music (without singing along) reduced stress hormones but didn’t stimulate the body’s immune system.
Singing helps you connect with other singers
In one 2014 study involving 11,258 schoolchildren, researchers found that children in a singing and musical engagement program developed a strong sense of community and social inclusion.
One of the neurochemicals released when people feel bonded together is oxytocin, also known as the love hormone.
Spontaneous, improvised singing causes your body to release this feel-good hormone, which may help give you a heightened sense of connectedness and inclusion.
Singing helps you improve your sleep quality
Singing can help strengthen the throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnea.
Regular singing may change the way you breathe, even when you’re not singing. Researchers in a 2008 study interviewed the spouses of choir members, along with the spouses of people who don’t sing. The researchers found that significantly fewer choir members snored. This led them to recommend regular singing as a potential treatment for snoring.
Studies have also shown that people who play wind instruments also snore less than the general population. These findings have prompted some experts to suggest that singing and playing wind instruments might be helpful for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Singing improves communication skills, speaking abilities and posture
Decades ago, scientists began researching the effects of singing among people who have a hard time with speech due to a neurological condition. To date, researchers have found that singing improves the speaking ability for people with autism, Parkinson’s disease, aphasia and stuttering.
Singing stimulates multiple areas of the brain at the same time. This may enable people with an impairment in one part of the brain to communicate using other areas of their brain.
Singing can also prolong the sounds in each word, which may make it easier to pronounce them.
Singing improves your lung function
Because singing involves deep breathing and the controlled use of muscles in the respiratory system, it is beneficial for certain lung and breathing conditions. Through singing exercises you’re gaining strength in your respiratory muscles. It helps you train a stronger diaphragm and stimulate overall circulation.
Singing also increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, research shows.