“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” – Wayne Dyer
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Dancing can make you smarter, happier and have improved health benefits both physical and mental. Best part, is that you do not have to be any good at it for it to work! So get out your two left feet and boogie your way to better health.
Any kind of movement is good for your physical heath. Dance will help get your heart rate up and is much more enjoyable to most than a 5 mile run, if you ask me. But did you know, people that participate in ballroom dance or other choreographed styles of dance improve memory and cognitive function? Dancing can also lowered the risk of dementia by at least 76 percent.
Plus dance will stimulate mood-improving chemicals to ward off depression more than just exercise or just listening to upbeat music alone, according to a study in The Arts in Psychotherapy.
This is why when you are stressed or recovering from a trauma, as hard at is seems to stop, drop and dance…you must. When you get overwhelmed emotionally dancing seems like the last thing you should or would want to do. Curling in a ball and quitting seems the best course of action to anyone with a mental illness like , PTSD, anxiety or complicated grief. Make it stop…that is what is going through your head at this moment, not the comparing your move to Jagger. However it is in the dancing that you will be able to find balance. Not only to rebuke the emotional triggers that are bogging you down, but to mentally strengthen your resolve and how you respond to them.
So the next time you start to feel that panicky feeling of anxiety creep up on you, the next time you feel like it is all just to hard and too much to deal with. Take the time right then in that moment of anguish to instead turn on the closest radio and dance. High kick, twist, clap and wiggle. Twirl, spin, twerk and dip. Whip and nay nay to your hearts content! And I am not just talking to all the single ladies, like Beyonce did, but every one of you…throw your hands up…up in the club! In fact, you don’t have to be in the club,you can do this anywhere, but you do have to wave your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care! Because in that moment, you don’t! You don’t have to care, for just a song or two while you beef up your body and mind, while you heal your broken heart.
So no matter what kind of dance you do, no matter how good you are at it, don’t forget to dance and that life is worth living. No matter what has happened to you or around you….don’t give up….dance instead. Bravely dance.