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Why Singing In The Shower Can Boost Your Confidence And Health

Why Singing In The Shower Can Boost Your Confidence And Health

Do you sing in the shower? Do you know someone who sings in the shower? Have you ever wondered why people sing in the shower? Turns out that singing in the shower can provide surprising health benefits for your body.

I’m sure you’re reading this article with a smirk on your face because you have belted out your favorite tune while bathing.  Have you ever wondered why singing in the shower is so appealing? Let me explain why singing in the shower can boost your confidence and health.

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You sound better in the shower

Singing in the shower is not only fun, but you actually sound better! Why? Your shower stall provides unique acoustic effects, which in turn makes your voice sound remarkably better. Look out Beyoncé!  Turns out your very own shower stall acts as your own sound booth. Shower stalls are made with ceramic tiles or materials that don’t absorb sound. When you’re belting out your tunes and your voice is not being absorbed, it ends up bouncing off the walls of your shower stall, giving your voice a richer sound and additional volume.

While belting out tunes in the shower,you most likely will get a free dose of confidence as you are able to hit certain notes, sing remarkably louder and in general, sound better. So give yourself a boost in confidence by turning up those tunes in the shower.

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Singing is rewarding

Not only does singing make you feel happy, but it’s rewarding when you sound good too! Singing can provide a boost in confidence and self-esteem. With a boost in confidence and self-esteem you can better combat feelings of anxiety, sadness and loneliness. According to a recent study,[1] a chemical called oxytocin is released when we sing, which enhances feelings of trust and bonding and thus acts as an lubricant for better social life.

It reduces stress

Singing in the shower can help decrease stress levels. Whenever you have the opportunity to exercise your lungs (by singing) you end up inhaling more oxygen repeatedly. As you oxygenate your blood you end up reducing stress levels.  (Think back to a time when you were told to “take a deep breath”) Stress and breathing are inextricably linked. That’s why you are advised to take a deep breath when you feel nervous. For many people, their high stress level actually comes from their shallow breathing. So with the habit of singing in the shower, you don’t need to learn extra breathing techniques to breathe away your stress and anxiety![2][3]

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It boosts your memory

When you sing, you most likely know the lyrics, or at least are working hard at remembering them. Think of singing as a brain activity. Singing in the shower is a wonderful opportunity to keep your brain working while sudsing up.

It lowers blood pressure

Singing in the shower helps release the stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone is known to raise blood pressure, blood sugar and can cause inflammation in your body.

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Improves your immune system

Singing in the shower allows you to oxygenate your blood, reducing your stress levels and lowering your blood pressure. All of these benefits directly impact your immune system in a positive manner, if anything, they help your immune system function more efficiently.

Besides these wonderful benefits to singing in the shower, singing in general can provide a myriad of benefits to improve your health and give you a boost in confidence. Singing affords us the opportunity to strengthen our health, stimulate the brain, activates our imagination and provides us with an extra pep in our step for the day.

Sure, there are many wonderful health benefits when you sing in the shower, but let’s be honest here: Singing in the shower is fun! Maybe at one point in your life you had an annoying sibling or roommate that sang in the shower in a bothersome fashion. But at least they were having fun, right?!

Conclusion

If you’re seeking a boost in confidence and a unique way to improve your health, singing in the shower is an option that should not be overlooked! So go ahead, make your playlist ready for your next shower and prepare to give your health and confidence a boost while belting out your favorite tunes!

Reference

[1]http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2013-26499-001/
[2]http://awomanshealth.com/breathe-away-your-stress/
[3]http://www.anxieties.com/57/panic-step4#.WDUbO-F97-Y

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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