For almost a year now, our idea of "normal" has all but disintegrated. Shaking hands with a co-worker, smiling a mask-less thank-you to the woman bagging your groceries, even hugging your family members (if you don't share a roof) have become taboo. Communication has changed drastically as well, and people are seeing less and less of each other unless it is through the safety of a virtual meeting space.
At least 40% of my students at the University where I teach have spoken to me about pandemic-related depression, stress, and their declining overall mental health... and those are just the ones who felt comfortable enough to admit it.
So what should we do?
Take a deep breath, open your mouth, and SING!
Singing releases a cocktail of feel-good chemicals into your body. Oxytocin, often called the "love-chemical", mixes with dopamine and serotonin to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
Learning a new skill, like training your voice, can help you focus. Focus gives clarity and even mindfulness when your mind is muddy.
Singing creates connection. Whether you are training to sing your rep in front of thousands of people, or just your cat - singing is communication and communication is the root of human connection.
Singing on a regular basis can increase lung capacity. This leads to more oxygen in your blood and all those vital organs including... the brain.
Your voice teacher is like your own personal cheerleader! Everyone needs a little encouragement now and then, and there's no need to look further than your online voice class! As a vocal instructor it is my job to not only train my students in healthy technique, but also empower their vocal journey. I can't count the number of times I've said "You can do it!" to my students (because, surprise, you CAN do it!).
So, what are you waiting for? Get singing, and get healthy. YOU CAN DO IT!