Why you should sing to destress

Hate exercise? Can't meditate? Try joining a community choir. Research shows it's a great way to destress.
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With One Voice choir performing at Federation Square. Image: supplied

Creatives are always at risk of burning out and disproportionately likely to suffer from depression so gaining skills to manage stress is essential.

Fortunately the arts also offer some of the simplest and most accessible ways to destress. New research by Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Social Impact and anti-depression charity beyondblue shows ​participating in a community choir has an overwhelmingly positive effect on mental health.

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