Did you know that singing offers quite a few health benefits? It’s like a workout for your body and mind that can improve your physical, mental, and social health. Singing has been shown to strengthen your immune system, improve lung function, increase energy, improve memory, boost creativity, and relieve stress. It can even be a fun social activity.
Here are a few of the ways that singing relieves stress:
1. Less muscle tension.
One of the ways that singing relieves stress is through breathing. When you sing, you take deep breaths in between phrases. The rhythmic inhales and exhales that happen while you sing releases tension that you have stored in your muscles. Breathing releases this tension leading to greater relaxation throughout your body.
2. Decrease in stress hormones.
Singing results in less muscle tension, but the reduction in stress doesn’t stop there. Your body senses that your muscles have relaxed and responds by lowering cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is present in your bloodstream when you experience stress. When your body is tense, cortisol levels are high. Singing helps reduce muscle tension, resulting in less cortisol.
3. Endorphin release.
When you do something you enjoy, and that makes you feel good, like singing, your body releases endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s “feel-good” chemicals that make you lead to positive feelings, like happiness. The presence of these feel-good endorphins helps reduce your body’s response to stress.
4. Increased circulation.
Singing increases and improves your body’s circulation. With more blood and oxygen flowing to your brain, singing promotes clearer thinking and better decision-making abilities. Stress can cloud your mental processes, but singing can help clear things up.
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