When you listen to music and dance along, it’s an instant mood booster. Dancing has various benefits such as improving your heart health, overall muscle strength, balance and coordination, and it reduces depression. It also serves as an outlet to let go of any stress, anxiety, or negative feelings you may be having. If you’re dealing with any of those, keep reading to see how dancing can contribute to your overall well-being.

Dance Therapy

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Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is a type of therapy that uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. For many individuals, it has helped boost up their confidence and self-esteem. This type of therapy strives to push people to express themselves creatively and feel good about their body image. It is also used to help treat physical issues such as chronic pain, childhood obesity, cancer, arthritis, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Feeling Connected

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When you dance with others, you feel a sense of belonging and connectedness. Whether it’s at a concert or dance class, dancing with others makes you to feel alive. Dancing has been responsible for creating social bonds and relationships because you do it for the same reason, to enjoy the moment and forget the craziness going on in your life. A lot of the times, we disregard the way human connection makes us feel, so don’t forget to take a break from sitting down or being on your phone. Grab a partner, and dance!

Increases Flexibility and Balance

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Stretching before and after dancing is essential if you want to avoid any injuries. Since you’re using every part of your body when you’re dancing, you’ll notice stretching will become easier. This will allow you to lengthen your muscles and become more flexible as well. With this increased flexibility you will notice you have a wider range of motion and your dancing will become much easier. Once you build a strong core, you’ll have the balance and posture to move gracefully.

Reduces Stress and Depression

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Dancing gives you sense of freedom both mentally and physically. When you dance, you’re connecting your thoughts and way you feel to your movements. Instead of having to say it in words, you can use your body movements to distress yourself. Dancing reduces the amount of cortisol your brain produces which is the hormone associated with stress, lowering your stress and tension levels. If you’re not comfortable or ready to talk about any hardships you’re going through, then try using dance as a vessel to communicate how you feel.

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