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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 March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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