Move Your Body to Shift Your Mood


   Do you feel down or upset ? start dancing as long as the sound of music makes you want to dance. You can easily lift up your mood instantly by doing it. Don’t try to do it right but do it spontaneous.

Dance is one of those things that cost nothing but makes a big difference. Because it involves moving so many of our muscles. Today, we found that many cultures have integrated it into their rituals and their celebrations.

  • The importance of dancing:

Dancing is so important for how we feel. It makes us feel excited and clears our minds of worries. And, because the movement involves both your brain’s hemispheres, it reduces anxiety.

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional dancer or if you just like to move on the dance floor. It doesn’t matter if you like salsa, tango or break dance. Dancing, of any kind, combines physical exercise with the positive power of music and social engagement. Together, they give you the major mental health and brain benefits.

In fact, it has such beneficial effects on the brain. It is increasingly used as a therapy for developmental disorders like mood disorders and depression, and neurological disorders as in the case of Alzheimer and dementia. Here is why it’s so good for your brain.

  1. Dancing Gets Your Brain and Body Involved :

Some workouts, like running, you can do and completely turn your brain off. One study concluded that dance constitutes a “pleasure double play” in your brain. Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits. It also activates your memory and your brain’s part which is responsible for emotions. Whenever you dance, it can subconsciously remind you of good feelings at other times when doing it, like at your wedding or just having a good time with friends. 



  •  How To Work Your Brain in Your Workout ?

While doing anything physical, it is better than sitting on the couch, using exercise machines. Those exercices involve a limited range of identical, repetitive movements takes your brain offline. Doing the same thing over and over again, in life and in your fitness routine, is the enemy of brain health and physical neurological movement, flexibility, and control. It’s like asking your brain to solve the same problem.

Like playing a musical instrument, dancing requires complex cognitive coordination and function.

    2.   Dance Lowers Dementia Risk:

Just like learning a musical instrument, language, or any other new skill. Learning dance moves takes focus and activates your brain and your memory. Keeping them engaged is key for preventing cognitive decline and dementia. One study found that when people between the ages of 63 and 80 were taught dance moves, it had a lasting effect on their brain’s neuroplasticity.

Another study investigated the effect various leisure activities had on the risk of dementia in the elderly. The researchers looked at the effects of 11 different kinds of physical activity, including cycling, golf, swimming, and tennis. Of all the activities studied, only dance lowered participants’ risk of dementia. According to the researchers, dancing uniquely combined stimulation from physical and mental effort as well as social interaction.

    3.  Dancing Gives You Social  Benefits:

Human beings are civilian animals who need contact with each other. Your brain needs it. Dance is a social activity that connects you with other people (sometimes with different cultures). When you are dancing with others, your brain actually relaxes because you are in a group.

  • Why your brain needs dancing?

 The brain play a vital role in human relation, interaction, behavior and thought processes. « Dancing Makes You Happy ». It is an art, but it’s also a great opportunity for socialization. Since it has been used as a social activity that connects us with others. You will make connection with your choreographer,  partners or other dancers, and even with your audience. You don’t even have to speak out loud to create those connections with other people. Simply doing those steps in collaboration with other people can be a shared euphoric experience and you will feel happy.

Having the opportunity to be in an emotional space with everyone else in the room is considered as special moments. It can help you bond with a complete deepen the connection to your loved one. As humans, we constantly seek out those meaningful connections with others. Dance provides a way for us to relate to others on both a physical and emotional level. While in a way that other situations may not.

   4.  Dancing Decreases Depression and Anxiety:

Because dance is both a physical and emotional release, it’s ideal for people who suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety. Some Studies show that dance, in particular, can decrease anxiety and boost mood more than other physical practices. People with anxiety disorders participate in one from these activities : a modern-dance class, an exercise class, a music class, or a math class. Only the dance class significantly reduced anxiety.

Teenagers with depression, anxiety, and stress found that attending dance classes two days per week –at least– has a significant improvement in their psychosomatic symptoms.  When people with depression participate in salsa dancing, they can have fewer negative thoughts, better concentration, and an improved sense of tranquility.

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