The Positive Effects of Playing Drums
Science is starting to discover that there are huge benefits to playing the drums and the evidence of how playing this instrument has a positive effect on our health. There is so much more to playing the drums than just picking up a pair of sticks and hitting things.
Drums can be easily dismissed because of the space that they take up and the fact that they are loud. But, with advancement in electronic drums, this need not be an issue.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits…
- Drumming Makes You Happy
Drumming causes the release of endorphins in the brain, which are associated with euphoria and well-being. It has been proven in studies that drumming has been successfully used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms.
- Improve your Brain Health
Creating and understanding rhythms is a complicated thought process. Repeated exposure to this stimulus has been proven to improve IQ and problem-solving skills.
- Get Fit
The drums are a very physical instrument. When you are playing drums, the arms and legs are in constant motion. Playing drums can be a good workout. And, as with all exercise, this has the added benefit of lower blood pressure and enhanced immunity.
- Improve your Confidence
Playing drums can be a great way to improve your confidence. It encourages you to meet new people and develop your interpersonal skills.
- Reduce Stress
Exercise is proven to reduce stress. Even after playing for just a few minutes, you mood can improve. By the end of a session, there is a reversal in the stress hormone
- Reduce Pain
Yes, drumming can also help relieve or reduce pain. This is also down to all those endorphins that are released when we play or participate in exercise. Endorphins are our bodies’ natural painkillers.
- Be Present in the Moment
Sitting behind the drum kit and playing allows to you focus on what is happening in that moment. Mindfulness and drumming may not be something that you think would go together, but the drum has been used for thousands of years as a part of meditative practice.
- Teaches New Skills
Playing drums is a full body activity – both mental and physical. It helps you develop the concentration needed to coordinate all four limbs. If you have never sat behind a drum kit before, there is nothing like it.