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Why Singing is Beneficial to Your Health

 

It may sound absurd at first when a doctor or therapist recommends singing for you as a form of treatment for some health condition that is otherwise severe. Singing is one of the most underrated art forms that heals. 

 

Although there is no history proof of who sang the first song, or whistled the first tune, singing has always been part of human history everywhere be it Africa, Europe, Asia or the Americas. What are some of the benefits of singing?

 

  • Lowers stress

 

City life is demanding. Hours are spent on driving and commuting, work, childcare, study, queues and even arguments. When you sing, you relieve your heart of the burden of stress. Singing releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine that boost your mood and make you feel good.

 

  • Improves Lung Function

  

 

When you sing long notes, it helps you to fully empty your lungs. This helps you to use muscles in your neck and shoulders less when you take your next breath in. The result? You conserve your energy and this makes breathing more comfortable. Singing has the potential to improve sputum clearance by increasing dynamic lung volume and airflow, both of which are parts of traditional physiotherapy techniques. If you are living with a chronic lung disease that inhibits airflow, you can consider singing as part of your therapy. Singing introduces more oxygen into your blood.

 

  • Improves Brain Health

 

Singing can help improve mental alertness, memory and concentration. It involves focusing on multiple things at once, engaging many areas of the brain in the process. Singing has been widely used in dementia care, in part because it has proved a powerful tool in sparking memories often long after other forms of communication have diminished.

 

  • Social Bonding

 

In this present world where we are so close yet far from one another, social bonding is key to conquering loneliness. The proliferation of singing apps help to make bonding more certain. However, you need to be wary of karaoke apps. Some of them are time-consuming and addictive. Also, some of the apps demand more time and use of data for non-singing activities. Be sure to focus on singing for your wellness rather than to be lured into some time-wasting tasks.

 

In all, while singing is very beneficial, you must exercise good judgement to decide when and where to do it. In some cases, singing at work may be disturbing. For instance, if you work where people do cerebral work like writing or reading, it could be an act of nuisance or display of bad behaviour and lack of consideration to be singing to distract others. Sing for health and be well.

 

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