Ever wanted to get rid of some energy, but you don’t? Ever wanted to forget about the to-do list in your head but you can’t? What happens to these needs and wants? Most often, they get recycled back into your system to fester – until further notice. Finding outlets for pent up energy is something that most of us don’t give much time to. But with mental health on the rise, it’s important to think about activities that have a positive impact and introduce them into our lives.
Scientific research has shown that drumming can improve your health, which on reflection doesn’t come as a big surprise. It’s fun, it is easy to make a sound and is accessible to almost all ages. But how exactly is it good for us? Let us tell you…
1. Drumming helps you connect more with yourself.
Mentally and physiologically. When you’re drumming, the rhythmic banging transmits energy to your brain which allows cerebral hemispheres to align. Your logical brain and your intuitive brain connect through this and work in harmony which apparently takes you to a level of conscious awareness that it’s hard to reach without these hemispheres linking up.
This cerebral connection also produces “feelings of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction and truth.” Imagine extracting those sorts of things not just from one person, but a whole group? You’d gain insight into your life and engage with something that’s good for your health – something we could all do with a little more of.
2. It helps reduce stress
As we said, it’s fun and it’s accessible and a great way to vent energy without causing too much damage. Studies prove that regular drumming reduces stress. When monitored against employee retention, it lowered employee turnover within roles particularly known for high stress levels. To add that it has proven to reduces hair loss and brings you clearer skin sounds almost farcical but science says it’s true! Imagine that!
3. Drumming can boost your IQ and improve your concentration
Daily drumming is the way forward. A Stanford University study showed that 20 minutes a day can help you develop intellectually, improve your concentration and even your IQ! Understandably not all homes or offices can house a bunch of drums for an morning session to kick start the day, but it would be good wouldn’t it?! Early morning meetings would take on a whole new dimension!
4. It encourages creativity
It’s not the tapping that is creative, it’s how you tap. Much like there are many different drums, there are many different ways to play them. You are free to experiment, speed up, slow down, sit quiet or bash them out. It’s your sound so you better make it unique!
5. Drumming is therapeutic
With the impact of music on the brain, it seems like a given by now, that drumming could be used for therapy. Music therapists can use rhythm techniques to help you create a calm sensation that encourages you to let go of emotional trauma. The repetition of drumming allows you to focus on something simple and seemingly disconnected to yourself, whilst you process your emotions. The drumming helps provide a safe environment in which you feel supported enough that the mental barriers that often prevent you from sharing your feelings are broken down.
We have had the pleasure of organising some excellent drumming workshops at our venues and have experienced the emotions first hand. It’s a rewarding group experience that gets everyone involved and most importantly laughing! What isn’t mentioned is how drumming helps you feel in the present moment. The beat always brings your focus back to the present, preventing further rumination and encouraging a more active mind.
“I have suddenly found rhythm I didn’t believe I had. I feel motivated in a way I never thought was possible” Drumming workshop enthusiast from a Wasing Park experience.
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Information for this post was originally found on LifeHack.Org