Stress Awareness Tip #7

group of happy young people dancing and spraying at the beach on  beautiful summer sunset

The tip for today is near and dear to my heart, dance/movement! For many hearing the word dance creates anxiety or stress. Dance doesn’t have to mean ballet, tap, jazz, or any other particular style of dance. Dance or movement is more about just moving rather than picking a particular style of dance. With benefits such as the ones listed below, why not give dancing a try.

  • May help boost memory
  • Increases flexibility and strength
  • Provides stress relief
  • May help improve mood
  • May help improve balance and posture
  • May help improve energy levels
  • Offers a creative outlet for expression
  • A chance to learn about other cultures

In combination with the above benefits and its stress reducing ability, the are so many reasons to dance. Plus dance can just be a fun activity to do. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Crank up the music in your own home and just move to the music. You can even groove without music or play your own musical instrument. If you have a wish to learn a particular style of dance like ballroom, modern, or one of the many other types of dances find a dance studio near you and give it a try. Many studios offer drop in rates so you can try different styles of dance. To connect one of the precious stress reducing tips to dance, find a few friends that can go dancing with you. Not only are you reaping the benefits of dance, but you are also gaining the benefits from social connection.

Dance and movement have been found to be healing. So much so that there is branch of counseling psychology called dance/movement therapy (DMT). DMT uses movement in a psychotherapeutic form to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of an individual. We all have a body and our emotions, thoughts, and actions take place in our body. Furthermore, DMT draws upon the idea that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected. For more information please visit the American Dance Therapy Association website below.

References and Further Reading:
Everyday Health – 9 Health Benefits of Dance
Psychology Today – Why Should We Dance?
Psychology Today – Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain?
Psychology Today – Mind Your Body: Dance Yourself Happy
Dance Teachers – Why Dance?
American Dance Therapy Association

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