Whether you have vocal pipes to rival Beyoncé, or would describe yourself as 'musically challenged', singing can do wonders for your wellbeing. Now that's music to our ears. As children, we sang nursery rhymes, joined in with the radio, and (much to our families' delight) belted out that one song we loved so much it was on repeat for a fortnight. Growing up, though, many of us stopped.
I loved singing when I was young, but a crash in confidence before my teens meant that I suddenly didn't want anyone hearing my voice - not even myself. Taking the leap and joining a choir was scary, but remains one of the best decisions I've ever made. Singing has physical, mental, and social benefits, and it's certainly done wonders for my nervous mind. Opera aficionado or tuneless warbler, here are five ways it can improve your wellbeing.
1. deep breaths
Singing requires controlled breathing, and is used carefully to make sure the sound doesn't die away before the end of a line. Regulating the breath like this acts much like yoga breathing, calming the body and mind, and promoting lung and heart health. Taking deeper breaths increases blood circulation too, improving concentration, and boosting your immune system. Good singing breaths need to be supported by good posture to give your lungs room to expand, and allow the sound to travel freely. Standing tall benefits your back, relieves muscle tension and, over time, can help you to feel more confident.