Join a choir for a sense of well being


Earler this year I wrote a piece about singing for health. Now it seems that The British Psychological Society - who met  in York this week - are adding their support for specifically group singing. Yesterday a number of the daily nationals covered the story about their conference and the findings of some research, undertaken at Oxford Brookes University. According to the research, people who sing in choirs feel a better sense of well being than those who either sing alone or attend boot camps! Also, it seems that the relationships formed in the group are more meaningful and co-hesive.

On a personal note I can honestly say that this has been my experience. Music and singing in a choir has been a part of my life since childhood. Earlier this year, as a result of laryngitis, I lost my voice for a few days. It took several months to return and it's still not right but it has improved.  However, I lost my confidence and sadly I did wonder whether my voice would be strong enough to sing again. Thankfully, after some voice training and encouragement, I joined a choir and have never looked back. Now, if anything, my singing voice is better than ever.

For me singing in a choir takes me out of my every day life, lifts my mood and releases anxiety. Problems in life are left at the door and later somehow seem more contained. Then for days my head is swimming with fantastic tunes. What a feeling!

Everyone can sing  (even if you think you can't). It can be done at any age and you'd be amazed what a great sound a group can make. Find a local choir and give it a try. There are a number of community choirs popping up all over the place. If you live in the north east of England there mght be something at the Sage for you. Click - http://www.sagegateshead.com/ to check out the actvities. Alternatively check out http://www.20000voices.org/ for information about community singing in and around the north east. Incidentally this is  also a good site if you want to know more about the health benefits of singing.

For further information about the British Psychological Society click  http://www.bps.org.uk/news/wellbeing-could-be-boosted-singing-choir

Happy group singing!



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