Why Singing is Good for You

There are numerous reasons as to why singing is good for you which focus on both physical and mental health benefits. Many find solace in the simple act of singing and it’s not just an anecdote shared among the hopeful; scientific research backs the notion that singing can improve and uplift one’s mood. Let’s delve into how this melodious form of expression can be a beacon of light.

A Symphony of Endorphins

It’s well-documented that engaging in musical activities, especially singing, triggers the release of endorphins in the brain. These are our body’s natural feel-good chemicals, akin to a natural antidepressant. Whether you’re humming along to the radio or singing as part of a choir, singing has the power to elevate your mood, reduce anxiety and help boost self esteem.  

Expressive Release

Singing stands as a powerful medium for emotional expression. It offers a unique avenue to convey feelings that might be hard to articulate in words alone. The act of singing your heart out can be incredibly cathartic, allowing for the release of pent-up emotions, be they joy, sadness, or anything in between. This emotional discharge is crucial for mental health, providing a sense of relief and lightness.

The Antidote to Stress

In our fast-paced world, stress can be a constant companion for many. Singing can be an effective countermeasure, acting as a natural stress reliever. It lowers cortisol levels, the body’s stress hormone, and improves breathing, which in turn induces relaxation.  Focusing on your breath and a melody could also be described as a form of mindfulness too.  The next time stress threatens to overwhelm, consider singing as a tool to help reduce anxiety.  

Breathing Life into Your Lungs

Singing does more than just soothe the soul; it strengthens the body too. It enhances respiratory health by engaging and exercising the lungs and diaphragm, promoting more efficient breathing. Over time, this is said to help improve lung capacity and reduced muscle tension across the body.  Some studies even suggest that singing can help improve the immune system.  

A Social Chorus

Singing as part of a group such as a choir can help provide a sense of belonging and connection with others.  The positive benefits of communal activities, such as choirs can be especially important to combat isolation and loneliness.  Such gatherings not only increase serotonin levels, responsible for feelings of wellbeing, but also strengthen personal bonds and community ties.

Facing Anxiety Head-On

For those who dread public speaking or performing, singing can be a surprising remedy. The focus required for singing often leaves little room for anxious thoughts, providing a confidence boost.  It has been said that singing helps improve cognitive function and memory.      

Discovering Your Inner Voice

Singing is an exploration of one’s vocal range and capabilities and more profoundly, it’s a journey inward. It offers a chance to connect with and discover facets of yourself that might have remained hidden, fostering a deeper sense of self-awareness and confidence.  Finding our voice is ultimately enjoyable and fun!

Joining a Choir: A Collective Joy

Choral singing embodies the essence of unity, with choir members often reporting a strong sense of community and belonging, further enhancing the mental health benefits of singing.  Singing can also be a deeply moving and spiritual experience, particularly as a shared event when harmonising with others and can promote a feeling of interconnectedness.    

Conclusion - Why singing is good for you

The act of singing is a multifaceted tool for improving both physical and mental health, releasing the body’s natural feel good chemicals and promoting a sense of wellbeing and joy.  It’s a testament to the power of music and voice that it can help to heal, unite, and uplift. Whether solo or in a group, singing opens the door to a world of emotional and physical benefits. 

For more information on the benefits of singing there is an interesting Ted Talks video – follow the link to explore more:  Ted Talks – Choral Singing and why it is good for you.   

Minsteracres Retreat Centre is delighted to offer a  weekend retreat in March 2024 focusing on the beauty and serenity of the music of the monastic office hours. Slip into the rhythm of monastic life and let the music give you time for reflection, meditation and prayer.  For more information please explore our Monastic Music Hours.