Sing Yourself Stress Free
Do you sing in the shower or in the car? It may be more useful than you think!
Scientists from the University of Frankfurt in Germany tested the blood of people who sang in a professional choir before and after an hour-long rehearsal of Mozart’s Requiem. Concentrations of antibodies (immunoglobin A) and a stress-reducing hormone (hydrocortisone) increased during the rehearsal.
The following week they asked members of the choir to listen to a recording of Requiem without singing. This time they found no significant change to the composition of their blood.
So feel free to belt out your favourite tunes rather than simply listening to them — it boosts the immune system while reducing stress.