The Song Blog was born out of my life being inspired through the song lyrics. I don’t write music, I can’t play an instrument and my family would tell you I can’t sing. However, none of that matters to me, I still am profoundly affected by lyric and the music itself. It brings me joy and so, I sing. This blog series is inspired by music and how it relates to life experiences.
Buddy the Elf singing, just like me!
Like Buddy the Elf, I sing it loud and I sing it proud. I open all the car windows and sing it. It is almost impossible for me to spend a day without singing something. I almost never know all the words to a song or I make them up. I don’t really care! It is about the feeling of singing. It comes from my soul, albeit maybe, possibly off-key. Ok, so it’s off-key – it really doesn’t matter! What does matter is the joy it brings me and honestly, because my style of singing is really so bad, it cracks me up!
The act of singing exercises your lungs, stimulates circulation and can strengthen the diaphragm. This is the best workout I can think of! Add some dancing and you can really up the benefits of this workout!
Feed your brain with song. The National Alzheimers Association has a program called “Singing for the Brain” The program helps stimulate the brain and aid in the maintaining memories.
Sing out the sadness. Sometimes, listening to that sad song, helps you work through some unhappy feelings you may have buried. Sometimes, you just have to get it out and have a good cry! It can be cathartic. Just as a sad song can help pull out the sadness, an upbeat song, can shift your mood from negative to positive. One of the top “Feel Good Songs” is Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. You can’t help but smile when you turn that one on. For your listening and dancing pleasure, check it out below. I dare you to not feel better after hearing this one!
By singing from your heart, without a care of who hears you can really feed your soul. The lyrics may speak the words you need to say. The music may take you to a happy place. Overall, singing can boost your sense of self confidence because you are being true to yourself in song. Ultimately, this feeling will raise your vibrational energy and your personal power. You can gain clarity, peace, love and joy. Everyone could use a little of that!
Joining together in song has benefits as well. A study of choir singers has shown that singing can strengthen the immune system. The act of singing increases antibodies of immunoglobin A, which plays a crucial role in the immune system function.
Ok, so maybe you aren’t choir material – it’s ok. You can still sing with others at movie sing-alongs, karaoke and around the campfire! One hundred bottles of beer on the wall…By the time that song is over, you should feel like you can take on anything!
Music as Therapy
A growing field today is that of Music Therapy. It is a creative arts therapy that uses music and a combination of clinical and evidence-based interventions to improve physical and mental health. It can reach those affected by autism, dementia, depression and/or anxiety. Music and song is the universal medicine for your soul.
Sing It Out Challenge
So, come on. You can’t deny the benefits of music and singing! I challenge you to sing! Drop a comment or video of you singing your way through life! Sing out for your soul and good health. Sing out for fun and joy! Sing out and take in all of the benefits to your mind, body and soul.
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.