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Breathe Melodies for Mums in Bethnal Green

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 the 3rd of June, 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.

One mum’s experience…

In many ways, I enjoyed being a new mum more than I expected – I fell so in love with my son, and I was pretty well-supported from the start. But I do have a history of depression, and I miscarried my first pregnancy. In those exhausting and relentless early months, it was easy for my mind to start travelling old pathways of anxiety, self-criticism, and sadness.

I knew getting out and about with the baby would be important, once my husband was back at work, but lots of groups just felt like they weren’t for me: too prescriptive, or maybe just too aggressively cheerful, all bright colours and baby talk. I stumbled across Breathe Melodies for Mums online, and I liked the idea of something that was designed around the mothers and open about how hard it can feel.

I hadn’t done any singing in a group since primary school, probably, and before the first session, I was worried I’d feel self-conscious or not be as good as the other mums. But it was instantly clear that this was an accepting space defined not by competition but by collaboration. We made some beautiful music, but even if we’d sounded like a pack of alley cats, it would have been fine – the point was just doing it together.

My son loved being present at each session, and I continue to sing many of the songs we learned to him. But the biggest benefit was for me. It was the highlight of my week, warming up, singing, and then going home with a peaceful mind and a tuneful heart. The rest of the week would still contain its struggles, but I knew that hour on a Thursday morning would be really joyful, so on hard days I had something to look forward to. It also really increased my musical confidence, and I think singing will continue to be a big part of our family life.

I’d definitely encourage any new mothers considering it to get involved. It’s a really special and nourishing experience to sing in a group, and the team have created a safe space where it’s okay to be struggling, but it’s also okay to forget that struggle for a moment, in song.

Further information:

When: Sessions start 3rd June 2024 (Bethnal Green) Mondays 12:15-13:15 and 14:00-15:00 for 10 weeks.
Where: Collingwood Children’s Centre, Buckhurst St, London E1 5QT

How to Join:
Registration is open until May 31st, 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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