Humming for your health! Today’s anxiety self help tip is a nifty little gem I found while reading an article from the November issue of Elle Magazine.
In it Dr. Amy Wechsler M.D. states that humming- as in humming a tune- decreases pain and releases endorphins. Endorphins are those hormones that make you feel good.
I looked into the benefits of humming and came across this article. In it, I read that daily humming can bring down your breathing level and heart rate, decrease stress, and can be used to stop negative thinking.
When a negative anxious thought pops in your head, start humming and you can stop the negativity and shift course.
It also lowers blood pressure and can help you drift off to sleep.
Other benefits of humming:
It activates the parasympathetic nervous system (this is the one that is active when you are calm).
It can decrease muscles tension in the jaw, shoulders, neck and shoulder region.
Humming can also decrease pent up stress held in the stomach area.
Good stuff right?
How to Hum
You can make the “mmmm” sound on your exhale, and do it over and over again for a few minutes, or if you’re in public and want to be inconspicuous, just hum a tune to yourself.
Yesterday I did some humming while I was at work to put it to the test. It felt good!
Humming is definitely an anxiety self help trick that’s easy and you’ll want to remember to use. And this one easily puts a smile on your face too.
I wish you peace,