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    Just wondering do you practice drumming to help relieve stress after a long day at work and does it work? I was stressed out today when I got home from work and just started practicing on my practice pad. It help a lot because I have been practicing out of my stick control book on single and doubles. I started out at 80bpm and am now up to 250bpm. But I have heard that drumming helps with stress. What are your thoughts on this?

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    Drumming releases Endorphins. They are peptides that activate the body's opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect.

    Translation: Endorphins relieve stress.

    It's really simple!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=emdo...8#q=endorphins
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    Use it to burn off stress all the time. The music, the emotion take my mind to another place. It's a really good diversion. The mental aspect, to me, is even better than the physical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man View Post
    Use it to burn off stress all the time. The music, the emotion take my mind to another place. It's a really good diversion. The mental aspect, to me, is even better than the physical.
    Then......you join a band, and get even more stress!

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    when I'm hitting things, I'm happy.
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    I really don't get stressed out, but I do have a short fuse. So drumming has probably saved the life of more than a few morons.

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    If I'm stressed, I'm not going to practice anything new. I'm going to smash out things I can already play well. If I try to practice things when I'm stressed, my mood just worsens and I end up becoming quite frustrated.
    - Zack

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    So!! That explains why I've been drumming a lot less lately.

    Living on an island in the tropics...little to no stress!

    Prevalent lifestyle here is; everyone moves slow with a... let the cards fall where they may, why do today what you can always do tomorrow kinda attitude

    Some times I just want to smash something!

    all the best...

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    I feel so bad for my drumset cause when I'm in a bad mood I turn on some heavy metal and just beat the crap out of that kit..... I always feel bad for the kit but feel so much better inside!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xweasel View Post
    If I'm stressed, I'm not going to practice anything new. I'm going to smash out things I can already play well. If I try to practice things when I'm stressed, my mood just worsens and I end up becoming quite frustrated.
    Agreed!

    If I'm stressed or in a bad mood, I get behind the practice e-kit, turn up something really loud in the headphones, and fire away, usually adding more fills than I ever would playing it seriously. Just letting it all out.

    (Stuff that really needs to be worked on is better accomplished with a clear head and nothing outside bringing distraction or bad feelings.)

    And yes, it helps me, a lot

    I have noticed many times recently during gigs, if I'm a little stressed about the gig or the band, or even real-world issues, I can feel it in my shoulders, and I tend to keep them "up" more. That leads to poor drumming. When I sense it, I can make myself relax them, lowering them and being far more fluid. One of my little reminders-to-self, I try and stay conscious of that.
    Last edited by worcesterbruce; 09-01-2016 at 07:52 AM.

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    I usually do my drumming before work. I work 2nd shift. I believe it helps prepare for my evening mentally. I come into work more relaxed and positive. If I dont play before work, I generally feel tense and not into it.

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    I'm a total newb, picked up drums at 40 just 4 months ago and I noticed right away the therapeutic effect. Same could probably be said about most instruments, but drums involve the whole body and I am convinced the blood flow to all extremities helps. Some people just go to the gym or jogging etc. Fancy that...

    Of course my family doesn't appreciate when I go hide downstairs and make the house shake, but I know they would appreciate much less me barking at everybody!
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    I use my set for therapy sometimes but not like when I was younger.. Now mainly for exercise, I tell myself and my cardiologist this is doing cardio. He just laughs at me.

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