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Singing can prevent Burnout

Singing is fun. Singing can put you in a good mood. Singing can take your mind off worries. We all know that and yet you might be thinking, you need to be as good as the people contesting on The Voice. Well, I have great news for you: you don't need to be good at it to profit from its positive effects on your body!

Medical research has shown that through the deep breaths we are taking when we are singing, we are increasing the amount of oxygen in our brain, which turns singing into an aerobic activity like exercising – without the sweat. Singing reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol in our blood and releases endorphins, which make us feel relaxed, energized and happy.

This is why singing is a great activity to relieve stress and prevents you from feeling burnt out.

Just one word of advice from a perfectionist singer and voice coach: don't turn singing into a chore! It shouldn't feel like ONE MORE THING you have to include into your already busy schedule.

So here is how you can include singing into your life and reap from its positive effects, without having to add another appointment to your calender (well, apart from Nr. 1 maybe):

  1. Join a singing group or a choir. Singing in a group is scientifically proven to alter people's moods and help them feel better about themselves. If you don't believe me, watch the TED Talk «Good vibrations - singing with the choir: Stacy Horn at TEDxMontclair». Also if you don't like the sound of your voice, but can sing in tune – in a group, you won't constantly be reminded of your shortcomings.

  2. Sing in the car. Have a compilation of your favorite songs to sing along on your I-Pod, MP3-Player or on a CD. If those songs put you in a good mood - even better.

  3. Sing in the shower. I know you're already doing that! But don't just limit singing to your shower – sing while cooking, cleaning the oven, tidying up the garage. This way you can use the time you don't need to be mentally concentrated (or quiet for that matter) to activate all those positive effects in your body that I explained earlier.

  4. Sing with your kids, niece, grand-child, grandma. Children love singing. And so do elderly people. Find songs you can sing together, songs that you all know and I can assure you, you will have some amazing bonding moments. And as a side note: you CANNOT spoil your children’s musicality by singing in the wrong key. I have met mothers who don't sing with their children, because they are afraid to pass their non-musicality on to their children. That is not possible! So have fun!!
If you would like to use your voice in order to feel more relaxed and happy – join one of my group workshops or send an e-mail to info@thevoicecoach.be. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions per Skype or in person (if you live in the Brussels area).

Sonja Nannan




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