Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement.
People have often been heard saying dance your way to life. Dancing is nothing but the movement of human body in selected sequences or in some sort of rhythmic form. Dancing is known to be one of the major stress busters in our ever day life.
Have you ever wondered why dancing feels so good? In ancient times too, people have paintings of dancers caved on their walls. Babies too, take to music instantly, by simply tapping their feet or moving their bodies. Dancing stimulates you on physical and emotional level both.
Dancing releases a hormone called endorphin and its bigger in release as compared to other forms of exercise. What are endorphins actually? Endorphins are a hormone that your body releases to ease pain and make you calm and happy.
As someone who can move immediately to music (not in any specific rhythm, not a trained dancer) I can vouch for the multiple benefits of dancing that I’m going to list down for you.
•It boosts happiness (try putting on some music and sitting idle for 5 mins, you are bound to feel better)
•It improves your creative thinking patterns. Often people listen to music when painting or reading.
•It helps improve your memory. Try listening to an audio rather than reading a book, you will grasp things faster. Of course, this may vary from person to person, however a study has proven that babies respond faster when you talk to them in a sing-song tone.
•Besides helping you burn calories and fuelling you up with energy, it also betters your stamina.
•It strengthens your bones, joints and improves your body balance too.
In recent times, we have heard a lot about kids and adults suffering from mental stress, anxiety and ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is a brain disorder than affects a person’s attention span, makes them hyper ( makes them move about constantly sometimes making them fidgety as well) and results in impulsivity.
People suffering from the above conditions may not have all the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. The diagnosis is usually made by a paediatrician when it comes to children, a psychologist or a psychiatrist who has expertise in mental health. There are no known cures however some studies have established the link between dancing and handling a mental condition.
Dancing is known to release endorphins and also reduce the levels of cortisol which is a stress hormone. I recently was diagnosed with a high level of prolactin hormone which was controlled with regular dance sessions at my local dance studio.
Few ways, dancing helps improve mental health and tackle stress:
•It helps improve their attention span and builds their self-confidence.
•Dancing is known to be social and less structured form of involvement, hence it’s a great programme to help people cope with stress or pessimism.
•Some dance forms mix colour coding in their dance sessions, using colours in any activity helps a person’s organisational skill and also makes it a vibrant and fun activity.
•A music number being played repeatedly helps improve a person’s memory skills too.
•A dancer is required to maintain eye contact with people, hence improving their attention skills.
•Since dancing is known to lift your mood, it is recommended for someone handling stress as it helps you fight anxiety and depression too
We all suffer from mental stresss and anxiety.It is journey and struggle together. There are various known studies to tackle it. Only the one who is part of the journey will understand the hurdles that come along. Dancing is a great way to tackle it because dancing has no barriers. Dancing doesn’t require you to be someone or be at some position, it just requires you to be yourself.
Author: Sabiha Gulrays
An avid blogger,reader and content writer.In my corporate experience of over 10 years I realised that each individual strives to achieve their goals however they all need their dose of optimism and a pat on their back.Through my blog posts I intend to spread love,happiness and share tips on Parenting,Health,Life,Food and Lifestyle.
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