Singing is one of the easiest and most enjoyable activities; all it takes is a memorable track and a place we can do it without disturbing others (which doesn’t just happen in the shower).
But besides being an enjoyable experience, there are several benefits to singing for the functioning of our mind. Let’s see what they are.
The benefits of singing
This activity has several advantages, and many of them have nothing to do directly with our psychological well-being. Below we will focus on the positives of sing that have to do with improving the performance of our mind or in the subjective well-being that it produces in the person who performs it.
1. Singing makes us secrete endorphins
Endorphins are hormones which, when produced in large quantities by the body, produce a feeling of well-being which can turn into euphoria. Something similar happens when we hear someone singing and we like the melody.Perhaps because our brain mentally “repeats” what we would experience if we sang this piece ourselves.
2. It serves to release tension
The release of endorphins and the action of exercising the muscles responsible for participating in the modulation of singing make us feel a little more tired but satisfied and relaxed after singing, which also happens with physical exercise.
By the effort and the little improvisations we make to modulate our voice we release the tensions accumulated during the dayPartly because it is a task that requires almost all of our attention and ties it to an enjoyable activity.
3. Improves the immune response
This benefit is related to the above, as stress is one of the factors that have the greatest negative impact on the immune system. Reducing stress through singing and other resources leads to better overall health, as well as a sense of well-being.
4. Helps improve breathing
After making singing a habit, we learn at a good pace new ways to move the muscles involved in breathing, Especially the diaphragm. This allows us to optimize the use of our lungs and to make ours a mode of breathing which tightens the powers of our body, oxygenating us better. Even if the size of our lungs does not change, we will enjoy it better.
5. It’s good for the cardiovascular system
If we sing regularly for several minutes, we will do a light but easy exercise, As we will not need any additional materials to make it. In this way, in turn, we will promote the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system.
6. Helps improve posture
It can be sung on a curve, but it is uncomfortable and counterintuitive. This is why quand most people stand up when it comes to singing, Which can become a habit through these little rituals and gradually become our standard posture in any situation.
7. Tones the muscles of the abdomen
Singing does not lose weight, but it makes the abs a little more toned. This, besides being aesthetic, means that our breasts get a bit bigger and stronger.
8. It could prevent dementia
There are currently studies that link singing to preventing the onset of dementia symptoms that appear with age. This is because it is an activity mediated by various cognitive processes that takes place when sung, becoming more “elastic” and adaptable to circumstances even as neural networks start to be damaged.
9. Cleanse the airways
Singing moves air through the airways at different pressure levels, Making them “cleaner” and no harmful bacteria accumulate. Of course, care must be taken not to damage the vocal cords.
10. Help connect with babies
Babies learn the language through musicality and rhythms in words. This is why they respond enthusiastically when they sing, and often establish a dialogue with this music through their movements.
11. Makes it a little easier to remember
Musicality is an ingredient often used in mnemonic tricks so that certain information is engraved in our brain and not forgotten. Likewise, having a large repertoire that we are used to singing is a good basis for “memorizing” things on this canvas.
If there is a part of a song that reminds us of a person because there is a word that sounds like their name and because the melody reminds us of their character, for example, we already have a way of never forget who she is.
12. Help you connect with others
Singing in a group is one of the best ways to feel part of a community and to break the barrier of isolation. The processing of music is linked to mental processes closely related to our emotional memory, which makes singing we get involved a lot in what we are doing, and if more people participate we will feel in tune with them.
This sense of collective belonging was present in the early uses of music by our species, and in part because of this singing sessions are used a lot in support groups.