Singing is good for health! Is good for our body, it is an effective natural therapy for the physical well-being and of the whole person.
I share an article written by Umnia Shahid and published in "The Express Tribune" on Oct. 9, 2014.
Are you afraid to sing at a family gathering or in the privacy
of your bedroom because you feel it won’t be music to people’s ears?
Don’t sweat it. Bring out the Madonna in you because singing has
multiple physical, mental and spiritual benefits. The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health has undertaken extensive research to support their aim of getting the
National Health Service in the United Kingdom to provide medical
practitioners the option of “singing on prescription.” As compiled from time.com, here are five reasons why you should sing.
1.Boosts cardiovascular health:
Singing is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood
stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when
sitting. It decreases risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and
2. Stimulates the brain:
Singing requires memorising lyrics and following a melody as well as
connecting words with emotion. Breathing while singing brings more
oxygen to the brain, which results in neurons firing, enhancing mental
awareness, concentration and memory.
3. Reduces stress:
When you sing, your brain releases feel-good chemicals including
endorphins. This makes singing an effective mood lifter and a valuable
tool in alleviating depression. Singing with a group develops a sense of
community and belonging, thereby reducing anxiety. Singing is even used
as therapy for people with cancer, dementia and for stroke survivors.
4. Natural healer:
Other than time, music is a great healer. Singing has similar effects on
the body and mind. It ensures physical, mental, psychological and
social well-being. It also improves the posture and breathing, as it
increases the capacity of the respiratory system.
5. Builds confidence:
Singing helps develop skills to speak in a natural, powerful and
confident voice. It can improve your ability to use your speaking voice
with more clarity and confidence. Singing releases a hormone called
oxytocin, which helps reduce anxiety, thus helping you overcome your
fear of public speaking. Oxytocin also increases feelings of trust,
which strengthens confidence in not only yourself but also those around