Do you find it hard to sing as an introvert? In this blog, I’ll share how singing and being introvert go hand in hand – and give you ideas to start singing more in your own quiet way.
I used to think that singing was easier for extroverts. People who like to be seen and heard and who don’t have to think too much about what to say. If I could point at one thing that really promotes that belief, it would be the so-called talent shows. There’s a lot of main stream out there that happens to attract extrovert singers – with the odd introvert thrown in.
The fact is that working with your voice is an introvert process. Singing happens inside of your body, and it’s guided by your mind. It’s an internal process that can’t be forced or manipulated if you want to sing with an authentic voice.
So many qualities that introverts hold are a perfect match to singing. As an introvert, you thrive in your own company, you’re self aware, you have a strong ability to concentrate, you reflect and connect to your emotions. And you’re a good listener.
These qualities are all important when you sing.
There are so many ways to be colourful and to express yourself. It might not suit your personality type to burst into a duet with the person beside you in the queue in a shop. Less can do. Humming is a great way to stay centered when you’re out in the world, while honouring your personality.
So maybe it’s time for you to think outside the box and start singing. Start small and begin to stretch your comfort zone.
Simple and fun ways to bring more singing into your life:
- As a birthday message to a loved one, sing a birthday song on their voice mail. It always brings joy to the receiver!
- If you’re in a queue and feeling restless or overwhelmed, humming is a great way to relax and make the most of the waiting time.
- When you’re driving, take the red light as an invitation to sing!
- Is the idea of singing anywhere else than in a soundproof room all by yourself too embarrassing? Sing in nature. There are plenty of places out there where you can sing to yourself and the trees / bushes / water – and it feels so good.
It all starts with you. You can be that courageous person who brings more singing into everyday life. In your own way.
And guess what happens? Others will be inspired to sing more too!
© Nína O’Farrell 2021
Photo by Daria Shevtsova
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