Dance It Out! Reduce Stress By Dancing Your Worries Away
Dancing is so much more than moving your feet to that rhythm and swaying to the music. It is more than just moving your hips and waving your hands. Dancing is a way to express yourself not only to others but to yourself as well. By “dancing it out” you’re not only releasing your frustrations and anger but you’re also releasing the stress and worries with every move you do.
“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience.” – Lyall Watson
Dancing helps you stay not only physically fit and healthy, it also keeps your mental and emotional health strong. By dancing your worries away, you are not only relieving the tension in your body and mind but you also gain self-esteem, confidence, and a way to express yourself – emotionally.
If you’re not a fan of traditional physical exercises, like me, then you’ll find dancing an amazing and effective alternative to those exercises. But why dancing? It is an activity that works just like any other physical activity would. When we dance, our brain releases endorphins, the happy hormones, that help in reducing stress and makes us feel calm, relaxed, and happy.
For many people dancing is just a hobby. Something they do when they want to unwind. But have you noticed that these people, over time, become happier and relaxed after they dance? This habit of engaging in regular activity can be good for your physical and mental health.
How Does Dancing help?
1. Improves Mood & Focus
Dancing regularly can help you enhance your mood and improve your concentration skills. When we dance, our body releases endorphins, which helps us feel happy, enhance our pleasure and reduce pain. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers that help reduce stress and improve our focus. After a good workout, our body feels calm and relaxed – all thanks to endorphins. And who’s to say that dancing isn’t a workout.
2. Provides A Creative Outlet
Too much stress – at work or at home – can make us feel trapped in our bodies. More often than not, this can either lead us to snap at our loved ones or shut ourselves from feeling emotions. Dancing offers a creative and emotional outlet to help people express themselves without causing harm to themselves or others. With the help of the right music and movement, you can display your emotions in an artistic and productive way.
3. Soothes Muscle & Joint Aches
When our body feels good, our mind feels good too. Any or all forms of dancing from ballet to Kathak help in strengthening and soothing muscle and joint aches in the body. Stiffness can cause pain and it can be caused by sitting for long periods of time. People who exercise regularly and even athletes can experience stiff muscles. Dancing helps in relieving those aches and pains while also regaining muscle strength and flexibility.
4. Improves Physical Health
From weight loss to building muscles, dancing can help improve physical health. Like mentioned before, dancing is a workout that can help people stay fit and healthy mentally and physically. This activity is helpful for people of all ages. Dancing can also help:
- Improve heart and lung health
- Increase stamina
- Improve balance and coordination
- Improve self-confidence and increase self-esteem
- Improve mental strength and performance
5. Improves Social Skills
Hanging out with friends and people with like-minded ideas can help increase your emotional health and reduce the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Friends, especially, are proven to improve your overall well being, boost your mood, and reduce stress. What sounds much better; dancing alone or dancing with your friends? For me, dancing with my friends makes me feel much better and relaxed than dancing alone does.
6. Helps To Unwind
Dancing puts you in a meditative state that can actually feel relaxing and calming than meditating while sitting still. If you’re a person who doesn’t like to sit still for meditation, dancing is a wonderful alternative for you. When you’re dancing, all your focus is on your breathing, movements, and performance. This process can help you unwind after a rough day. And if you’re dancing with your partner, all the good! What better way to feel connected with your partner and at the same time relax than swaying to the music?
Dancing is an activity that requires a person to fully immerse themselves in their movements and music at the moment. Engaging in activities that make you feel happy can help you not only reduce stress, anxiety, and worries but can also provide you with an outlet to express your emotions and feelings in an artistic and productive way.
There are times when life can become overwhelming and stressful making you look for an escape from it all. Some people choose to meditate, some choose to go to the gym, and some people choose to dance. Dancing releases endorphins that can help you feel pleasure and happiness. Dance is a language that helps people express their emotions and get in touch with themselves.
Not only it improves self-esteem and self-confidence, but it also helps in improving the self-image and self-worth of a person. So next time you feel stressed, close your eyes and let those muscles loose while swaying away with the music.
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” – Rumi
When in doubt, dance it out!