While the feel-good effects of singing have long been recognised, there is growing evidence that it can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing.
5 reasons to sing in a choir!
- Being part of a choir is like being part of a team, you all help each other which gives tremendous satisfaction. Its a social outlet in which we can connect with others and make friends. It is something to look forward to each week and can be a highlight of the week where positive memories are made.
- Singing involves focus and concentration. Singing in a choir puts troubles “on hold" as the music requires all of our attention. When we sing we are focused on the job in hand!
- Attending a weekly group can be motivating, learning new songs/harmonies can develop confidence and boost self esteem!
- Singing involves deep controlled breathing, one method of helping with signs of anxiety and stress.
Now for the science bit...
- Singing releases a hormone known as endorphin's, which is associated with feelings of pleasure. It also releases another hormone, oxytocin, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness.