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Singing for wellbeing

Joining a choir can be an uplifting experience

Carols and classic Christmas hits are everywhere at this time of year and guaranteed to get us all humming and singing along. Let’s face it, who can resist belting out Ding, Dong Merrily On High! It feels good to sing along with others- so why do we limit ourselves to just a few weeks each year? There are many community choirs that welcome singers with no previous experience required.

Here are just some of the benefits of singing:
  • It improves your mood
  • It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep.
  • Singing releases pain-relieving endorphins, helping you to forget that painful tooth/knee/whatever.
  • Your posture improves.
  • Lung capacity increases.
  • Singing clears sinuses and respiratory tubes.

LiveWell client Emma can certainly reccommend it. She said: 

“One of the positives I've gained is going to my pop choir. I wanted to try something new, something else. I'm not a gym-bunny - exercising indoors is not my thing. Singing makes me feel joyful - it combats my anxiety and depression and makes me feel good about myself. It doesn't matter if you can't sing. For anyone going through tough stuff - join a choir.”

Read Emma's story 

There are lots of local choirs - here are a few you might like to consider...


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