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How Singing Helps Anxiety

It’s time for those with anxiety problems to sing those blues away   Songs have been used since time immemorial to entertain and inform people. They have recorded...

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It’s time for those with anxiety problems to sing those blues away

 

Songs have been used since time immemorial to entertain and inform people. They have recorded human dilemmas and conditions and acted as subjective cures. Now, we have concrete scientific evidence of music’s role in treating one of more common life problems: anxiety.

 

The ‘Feel Good’ factor

 

Singing songs we like stimulates the release of endorphins, our body’s ‘feel good’ chemical. It imparts the person a general sense of well-being and satisfaction.  This is why, in a 2008 Australian academic report, choral singers reported a greater degree of happiness than general, even though some of their problems were more urgent.

 

You sing loud, you sing proud
You sing loud, you sing proud

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Straight off the self

 

One of the biggest causes of anxiety is a depleted sense of self. Singing a song in front of an audience is an easy shortcut to feeling accepted and applauded. It makes anxious people feel confident in their abilities within a social context, alleviating their fears to a certain extent.

 

Every breath you take

 

Being a good singer means being able to modulate your voice in time with rhythm. It requires slow, conscious breathing to execute, which is the hallmark of all meditation techniques. It relaxes the muscles and eases out stress, lessening the chances of an anxiety attack.

 

Get back in the groove
Get back in the groove

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Exercise those feelings

 

Anxiety can also be linked to certain unresolved emotions. The resolution that these emotions need can only come about from voicing it. And what better way to voice emotions than through a song?  Just like minstrels wailing out the blues, or nihilists belting out punk rock, music can be a gateway into understanding your own trials and tribulations.

 

Find peace within
Find peace within

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Anxiety is not easily cured. But, with music as a therapeutic accessory, those who are anxious have a medium to connect with the world again and feel adequate. And the best part? There is almost no drawback to singing your lungs out.

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