Singing against stress
A picture from other times, singing with girlfriends, classical or jazz, choir or karaoke – it basically doesn’t matter. The main thing is music. Even if you should now sing alone or with a lot of distance: Music makes you happy, especially if you sing yourself. And singing against stress may also help now, in this special time…
The voice is considered a reflection of our physical and also psychological condition, and you can tell by it – often even over the phone – how someone is feeling. With the voice we talk, whisper or shout. The variety of sounds we can elicit from our voice is infinite. Singing can other people downright enchant. And: Singing helps against stress.
But singing can do even more. Singing keeps you healthier than just listening to music, scientists from the Institute for Music Education at the University of Frankfurt am Main found. For this purpose, saliva samples were taken from the participants before and after a choir rehearsal or after listening to pieces of music. The result: The stress hormone cortisol decreased in both categories to the same extent; the immunoglobulin A level, as an indicator of the improvement in immune performance, showed a significantly greater improvement when singing. So those who sing a lot are actively doing something for their health.
Singing even has an anti-aging effect
Several studies have also shown the mood-lifting effect of singing can be demonstrated. After just half an hour, our brain produces increased levels of beta-endorphins, serotonin and norepinephrine. In some cases, singing has the effect of even acts like an antidepressant, especially when people sing in a group, according to the experience of music therapists. And finally, singing is a perfect anti-aging, because the voice also ages. Over the years, the muscles of the larynx and the vocal cords gradually weaken. Singing tones and strengthens both – whether we warble a Christmas carol or a pop song.
How music can also help psychologically and maneuverability is possible even in hopeless situations, knows the Hamburg Jule Seemannstochter. The singer and song poet is also a studied pedagogue and systemic coach.
Song poet sings against stress
Jule Seemannstochter is actually used to rough seas and headwinds. The singer and song poet from Hamburg spent the first years of her life sailing the world’s oceans with her father, a container ship captain.
But the pandemic year is not easy for the 40-year-old either: instead of playing her powerful, adult German pop with her band at festivals and giving concerts in dozens of venues, she was and is -. like the entire cultural industry – condemned to inactivity. But Jule is used to navigating around pitfalls and setting a new course. And so, in spring, she turned her balcony into a stage, supported her fans via social media and gave the Hanseatic people motivation with the song “Jetzt erst recht Hamburg”.
Mastering crisis situations – singing against stress
She was helped not only by her almost unshakable confidence and cheerfulness, but also by her creativity as an artist, which gave her the necessary support: “For me, singing is simply joie de vivre and pure energy. And even when I’m in a bad mood, as soon as I hear music and get going, it puts a smile on my face.” It’s an experience she’s also used in her Vocal Coaching with singers or entire groups, for example as part of corporate incentives: “Those who sing overcome inhibitions and fears, breathe more deeply and consciously, and concentrate entirely on one thing.
Singing is also the conscious use of time. Experiencing that slow, pauses and fast passages all have their justification, also helps in other moments of crisis. And being part of a larger whole, whether in the context of a song or together as a choir with a whole group, gives us confidence. I experience all this personally and know it from my other professional life,” says the versatile power woman about her recipe for facing crisis situations a little easier.
But she made music her main profession only a few years ago. First, she studied education and psychology and worked in adult education, is also training to be a systemic coach further. All these experiences and the knowledge about the deeper connections of the human psyche, flow into her music.
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