Singing in the shower is no longer embarrassing (it never should have been). We all do it — you shouldn’t feel ashamed to admit it. And if you ever catch someone making fun of singing in the shower, pull up this article and rain truth on their head (politely, of course).
As turns out, singing while washing is quite healthy for you. In fact, it’s possibly better for your body than that morning cup of coffee (as amazing as coffee is). Here are four ways singing is beneficial to your body and mind.
Singing = better immune system
Singing in general helps you have a stronger immune system, according to researchers. This means singers (like you) are less likely to get that “thing” that’s going around the office or family.
Protect your heart
You’ve got to keep watch over your heart — romantically and physiologically. Because you sing, you likely have lower cortisol levels than non-singers.
What is cortisol, you ask?
Cortisol is associated with stress, which is not good for your blood-pumper. Basically, singers are generally much less stressed, and that’s great for the health of your heart. Pretty cool, huh?
But don’t just take it from me — Swedish musicologist Björn Vickhoff says singing is pretty much as good as yoga.
“When you sing the phrases, it is a form of guided breathing,” Vickhoff told NPR. “You exhale on the phrases and breathe in between the phrases. When you exhale, the heart slows down.”
Just like when you do yoga, singing signals your body to release endorphins and oxytocin into your brain. This increases your sense of pleasure and at the same time helps relieve stress, as it would with yoga. So if you feel like you should do yoga for the health benefits, try singing a bunch instead — it pretty much has the same effects.
Singing combats that “Monday morning” feeling
Monday mornings are notoriously bad for most people — unless you, say, sing for a living. In order to combat not only stress but also sadness and even depression, you can sing, according to Music Performance Research. Singing has been shown to make people happier and deal with sadness, which you could say is like the icky “Monday morning” feeling.
Try this: when you wake up tomorrow morning, sing. Sing it out while showering. Get the water temperature just right, grab your shampoo, and use it as a pretend mic as you belt out your favorite song. Heck, why not take this singing thing outside the house? Sing throughout your day, in the car, as you’re making dinner, as you’re going to bed. See if it doesn’t make you feel better in the long run.
Sing for the sake of your body and mind. Trust me, you won’t regret it.