In the second of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series, Philippa Thomas, Relationship Manifestor & Creator of Joy from Sing & Inspire, talks about the benefits of singing to our health and wellbeing.
People who sing in choirs report that over time those choirs become consistently meaningful social groups, giving their members stronger feelings of well-being and a unique bond.
People who sing in choirs report a significantly higher feeling of well-being than those who sing alone. Perhaps that has to do with the physical bond formed among choir members that makes them feel like part of a cohesive group.
How cool is this? When people sing in unison their heart beats become synchronized so that their pulses can actually increase and decrease in unison.
In medical terms (stay with me here), singing regulates activity in the vagus nerve, which runs on each side of your body from your brainstem to your chest and abdomen. Stimulating the vagus nerve can improve a person’s mood and lessen symptoms of depression. When the vagus nerves of a group of choir singers are regulated in unison as their hearts become synchronized, it makes sense that the members share the same positive and even euphoric feelings.
So when in doubt, sing in a choir! And where better to give it a go than Cardiff University’s own Inspire Choir.
The choir is led by Sing and Inspire and is open to all staff, regardless of whether you are an experienced chorister or have only ever sung in the shower before. We are always delighted to welcome new members.
The Choir meets each Tuesday, 13:00-14:00, in the Great Hall, Students’ Union. Why not call in today?