I have written before about how the lyrics of songs connect with us in special ways, but now I want to explore the actual act of singing.
To set the record from the start what I mean by singing is attempting to sing. There are those born with singing ability, there are those that work hard and develop an ability, and then there are people like me that can’t be bothered to learn but just love to sing. It’s such a fun, freeing, energetic activity and what is better ,especially for those who can’t sing very well, than singing in the shower? You are warm, refreshed, and happy; there really isn’t much of a better way to start the day.
Not only is it fun but there is substantial evidence for it working as a therapy for a vast range of conditions. It has been trialled as a therapy for speech impediments in helping reduce stuttering and develop speech. It has also been used to help autistic children in developing speech and communication as has a wide range of musical therapies in order to play to the heightened auditory processing capabilities that comes as part of the condition. People with autism often find interest in a specific topic and become highly fixated and specialised in that area. One of the most common areas is music so singing seems common sense as a therapy.
Singing can also help the everyday person in developing a stronger respiratory system through exercising your diaphragm in singing and strengthening your lungs. This can be especially useful to those with asthma as by strengthening your lungs you are effectively fighting off a bit of your asthma. It can also help your deal with being wheezy or the signs of an attack as breathing exercises used for singing can help here. They were effectively designed for the job of opening up the airways. I have used this effectively on a number of occasions as I am very bad for remembering to carry an inhaler.
Stepping outside of singing in the shower and into group singing, metaphorically speaking (if you do it literally remember to put on clothes), it has been used as a therapy for a range of mental health problems including: depression, social anxiety, and phobias. It feels great to do for no reason other reason than it is.
There are really no down sides to singing whether it be in your shower, or with a group (but probably not both or you’ve just entered one of Lady Gaga’s music videos) To me singing is primarily a fantastic stress reliever which is unfortunate for my flatmates because my exams are next week. Perhaps there is one downside to singing, but at least it’s not for you.