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7 Great Reasons to Join Breathe Melodies for Mums in Bethnal Green

Offering free classes for new mums in Bethnal Green, Breathe Melodies for Mums brings harmony and friendship to the sometimes discordant and isolating early days of motherhood.

Breathe Melodies for Mums is a free 10-week singing programme starting on January 22, 2024, at Collingwood Children’s Centre for mums in Bethnal Green.

Based on research from the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London, this programme is
designed to be a nurturing journey for mothers, creating a supportive community to boost emotional
and mental well-being and improve confidence and self-esteem.

How does singing help your mental health?

Motherhood is a rollercoaster of emotions, and sometimes, all it takes is a melody to soothe the
soul. Breathe Melodies for Mums recognises the transformative power of music on mental health.
Singing has been proven to have various positive effects, including stress reduction, mood
enhancement, and increased feelings of social connection.

1 Stress Reduction: on a physiological level singing can help us regulate our breathing and slow our
heart rate calming the nervous system. The act of singing releases endorphins, and potentially the
love hormone oxytocin, both provide stress relief for the body, promoting a sense of calm and well-
being and reducing cortisol. Singing also stimulates the vagus nerve which can help you sleep better.

2 Mood Enhancement: Engaging in singing sessions to songs you enjoy can elevate your mood by
triggering the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. These “feel-good”
chemicals contribute to a more positive and uplifting emotional state.

3 Social Connection: Breathe Melodies for Mums isn’t just about singing alone; it’s about building
connections. Singing in a group fosters a sense of community and belonging, reducing feelings of
isolation that can contribute to postpartum blues. It’s not like a choir where you are singing in rows
but in a circle, having a laugh and sharing the moment.

4 Confidence Building: The act of singing, especially in a supportive environment, helps build
confidence. As you explore harmonies and musical rounds, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment
and self-assurance. You might even surprise yourself by how well you can sing!

5 Research-Backed Benefits: The Royal College of Music and Imperial College London’s research
supports the positive impact of singing on mental health; improving mood, building confidence, and
boosting emotional well-being.

6 Global Melodies: This music is for mums. Instead of nursery rhymes, you will explore songs from
around the globe. Learn harmonies and musical rounds at your own pace, broadening your musical
repertoire while reaping mental health benefits.

7 Community Support: Breathe Melodies for Mums is more than just a singing class; it’s a community.
Connect with fellow mothers, share experiences, and build lasting friendships. The friendly team is
there to support you on this journey into motherhood and mental well-being.

What if you “can’t sing”? Well, let me tell you a story…

When my son was born, I didn’t realise that singing could be good for my nervous system, I was
suffering from postnatal anxiety. Unable to sleep at night in between the periods when my son was
feeding due to cortisol and overthinking gripping tight to my conscious state, I would lie awake
frustrated before it was time again for the next feed.

I thought that if I fell asleep, I wouldn’t be able to hear him if he stopped breathing. Achondroplasia,
his type of dwarfism, meant he was prone to sleep apnea and sleep itself was dangerous for him.
I’ve never thought of myself as a singer, my sister was the singer whereas I was told I was out of
tune. But when I sang, as Bing Crosby would say “As loud and as pretty as you know how”, I noticed
it would soothe both of us. Moon River was our song and when he is poorly, he still asks me to sing
to him.

Mums in Bethnal Green didn’t have this programme when I was a new mum so I’m excited to share this with you!

Further information:

When: January 22, 2024 Mondays 1 pm – 2 pm
Where: Collingwood Children’s Centre, Buckhurst St, London E1 5QT

How to Join:
Registration is open until February 5, 2024. Sign up here

Explore the programme’s details, benefits, and the positive impact it can have on your journey through motherhood and mental well-being here:

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If you would like to find out about more activities for babies and their mums in Bethnal Green and the surrounding area, check out our round up of 10 Great Places to Take Your Baby in Tower Hamlets

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