Thursday, August 4, 2011

7 Days to Better Brain Power with Music! Day 6 -- Hum!

6.      Hum. 

You may be noticing a pattern here – and humming is no exception!  Humming is great for you ~ so if you’re just not up to singing out loud, hum a favorite tune and see if you don’t feel good afterwards.  Humming works because it grounds you, and brings you to your center.  The vibrations are effective at clearing phlegm as well as refreshing your mind and your thinking processes.  You may find that humming relaxes all the muscles in your face, neck, shoulders, and promotes smiling!  And that’s a good thing . . .

Because humming uses breath in a steady manner, humming your favorite tune may slow your breathing rate which in turn slows your racing pulse, lowers your blood pressure and reduces your stress level.  It also activates your parasympathetic nervous system (which is activated after the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system) which brings the body back to normal, and has a calming effect.  Hmmmmm.  Ahhhhhhh.

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