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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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10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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