This is the time of year for those “post-Christmas blues.” The holidays have come and gone, the weather is cold and forbidding, and looking at your post-holiday bank statement has left you feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck! Many people who deal with depression are hit pretty hard in the winter months as the come-down from the excitement of the holidays mixes with cold weather and overcast skies. But there are ways to fight through the winter “blahs,” and music can be a major factor!
In a study released in 2012 by the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, researchers found that the actual act of singing releases endorphins. These are the same chemical compounds released by the brain that result in a temporary “high” after an intense bike ride, yoga class, or weight-training session. Researchers found that this release of endorphins was much greater in those subjects who actually performed musically rather than those who simply listened to music passively. That’s right; singing literally makes you feel good!
So get off your couch, crank up the music, and belt it out at the top of your lungs! Who cares how you sound? You’re not trying to win a Grammy, you’re living life to the fullest and tracking down that silver lining!