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Let Us Express Ourselves Through Dance.

International Dance Day is on April 29th every year. This day celebrates the art of dancing and its impact on individuals and communities worldwide. Dancing is a form of self-expression that can bring people together, create emotional connections, and promote mental and physical well-being. It has been scientifically proven that dance can help improve mental health.



Dancing stimulates the release of various chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins, that ignite feelings of happiness, relaxation, and relieve stress. These happy hormones can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Dance also improves self-confidence, self-esteem, and encourages self-expression. It can also offer a sense of belonging and community, which is important in the fight against mental health disorders.


Dance therapy is a type of physical therapy that combines the benefits of dance with psychological therapy. It has been used to treat mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This therapy encourages self-awareness, mindfulness, and non-verbal communication, making it easier to express emotions and reduce tension. Patients can feel more relaxed, motivated, and happier.


Dancing is a way of building relationships and connecting with other people. Group dances, such as salsa, swing, or line dancing, offer a sense of community and intimacy that can help establish lasting friendships. The process of learning and performing a dance routine can improve memory, cognitive function, and creativity.


In addition to the psychological benefits, dancing can also improve physical health. It is a form of exercise that can help to reduce high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. Dancing can also improve balance, flexibility, and coordination.


In conclusion, dancing is an excellent tool to improve mental health as it provides physical, psychological, and social benefits. It is a powerful form of self-expression that can help people express their emotions, relieve stress, and reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. On International Dance Day, let's take the opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of dancing and promote its use in improving mental and physical health.


 

Reference:


Salo, A., 2019. The Power of Dance: How Dance Effects Mental and Emotional Health and Self-Confidence in Young Adults. https://digscholarship.unco.edu/theses/133/


Ward, S.A., 2008. Health and the power of dance. Journal of physical education, recreation & dance, 79(4), pp.33-36. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07303084.2008.10598161?journalCode=ujrd20


Froggett, L. and Little, R., 2012. Dance as a complex intervention in an acute mental health setting: a place ‘in-between’. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(2), pp.93-99. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.4276/030802212X13286281651153?journalCode=bjod



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