31 Best Ways To Beat Your Stress & Anxiety
Singing certainly produces the ‘feel good factor’ and current research, well-documented in recent months in the national press, is finding that it holds huge health benefits. As well as increasing self-esteem and lowering stress levels, singing groups provide a supportive environment in which to make new friends. Harvard and Yale Universities have confirmed that singing reduces stress by lowering the heart rate and encouraging the release of mood-enhancing endorphins in the brain. Research at a Japanese Medical School has found that the deep breathing used in singing is good for the nervous system and scientists at Stockholm University have found that singing helps sufferers of IBS by releasing oxytocin, which helps to prevent the spasms and pains associated with the condition.