Most people do not consider their voices much unless there is a problem – such as experiencing pain or discomfort when speaking.
Our voices are our communication power centre. When our voices are depleted, it affects how we show up in the world.
3 Physical & Mental Health Benefits of Singing
1. Singing is a workout
Health benefits of singing include developing a stronger diaphragm and overall improved circulation.
Since you pull in a greater amount of oxygen while singing than when doing many other types of exercise, some even believe that singing can increase your aerobic capacity and stamina.
2. Singing is a natural anti-depressant
Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy.
In addition, scientists have identified a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus this responds to the frequencies created by singing. The response creates an immediate sense of pleasure, regardless of what the singing sounds like. Not only that, but singing can simply take your mind off the day’s troubles to boost your mood.
3. Singing boosts your confidence
Stage fright is a common feeling for new singers. However, performing well and receiving praise from your friends and family may be the key to eventually overcoming your fears and boosting your self-confidence.
With time, you may even find it easier to present any type of material in front of a group with poise and good presentation skills.
“Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.”Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who has studied the developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years.