Are you someone who loves to sing in the car?
If so, keep it up, because apparently it’s good for your health!
There have been many different studies done over the years that show the positive effects that music can have on us when it comes to our health and overall well-being.
And according to experts, singing in the car offers lots of mental health benefits too:
- It can stimulate your mind and alleviate stress or symptoms of depression. A global study done in 2017 of more than 1700 choir members found that singing improved a persons well being because it created a social connection and cognitive stimulation.
- Music produces a feel good hormone. According to a licensed family therapist, blasting music releases oxytocin, a chemical sometimes called “the love hormone”. Some people feel the effects of this hormone when they’re hugging someone or in the beginning stages of a romantic relationship.
- Dopamine released when you sing can reduce road rage. You often get a dose of dopamine when you’re putting on a private concert in your car, and this hormone can effect your emotions, which can put you in a happy mood reducing your stress and road rage, which could help you avoid potential accidents.
- Singing releases tension in your diaphragm. You may have a tense diaphragm and not even know it! This tension is a result of stress, and when we’re stressed we’re often told to take deep breaths, but singing your favourite power ballad may be even better than just inhaling and exhaling! Plus, generally, singing is going to make you feel immediately relaxed.
- Singing can help you with unprocessed emotions. Certain lyrics in songs can stir up feelings that you may have been trying to avoid, which isn’t healthy. When you sing lyrics that you can relate to or connect with, it helps you feel less alone, which can help you to deal with feelings or emotions that you’ve been avoiding. This is one of the reasons that music therapy is being used to help people deal with anxiety, depression and PTSD.
So whether you’re a gifted singer or not, never be afraid to crank up your favourite song and belt it out!
You could of course grab a friend and have your own Carpool Karaoke!