It’s true! Ballroom dancing beats stress!
Stress is a natural part of life and like so many things, having too much of it isn’t a good thing. Sometimes people aren’t even aware of the stress they’re under; it flows just below the surface of our awareness like a heartbeat. In fact, stress is so common that they’ve even given stress its own month. So, since April is Stress Awareness Month, take the time to acknowledge the stress in your life, recognize how it’s affecting you, and determine ways you can beat it. Here at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we know one sure-fire way to beat stress and bust anxiety: of course, it’s dancing, and we’ve got the science to back it up.
Is Stress Affecting You?
So how do you know if stress is affecting you? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is how your brain and body respond to any demand, both minor and major. It’s long-term stress that can be harmful to your health, causing symptoms such as:
- Digestive problems
- Suppressed immune system
- Sadness, anger, or irritability
Over time, continued strain on your body caused by routine stress can contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and mental disorders like depression or anxiety.
Beat Stress With Dance
Recognizing your stress is the first step to beating it. Talk with your doctor about options. Most experts agree that exercise, connecting with friends, and relaxation are all key components to beating stress naturally. You’ll find all three of them through the doors of your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
Exercise; A Natural Remedy
We know dancing is fun — but it’s also a great exercise. Many people are so engaged with fun and learning that they’re not even aware of how much exercise they’re actually getting. Like any other form of cardio exercise, dancing seems to have mood-enhancing benefits. Dancing causes your body to release endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. So, put on your dancing shoes and let’s get moving!
Music; Soothing Stress Away
The soothing powers of music are well-documented. For example, studies have shown that listening to music on headphones reduces stress and anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery.
The growing field of Music Therapy attests to the healing power of music. Whether it’s the steady lilt of a waltz or the heart-pounding throb of a tango, the pattern and rhythm of music soothes away stress. The music and movement of dance also taps into the power of self-expression, opening the door to another big stress buster.
The Power of Touch
Studies have shown that simply holding hands with someone can reduce your body’s stress response. Touch can release endorphins into the body and help balance the body, which can improve a person’s mental state. Partner dancing requires respectful touching and social interaction, both of which can promote better health and happiness. Coming to a class at Fred Astaire Dance Studios is like spending time with friends. Our classes bring people together in a relaxed, friendly environment. A twirl around the dance floor can feel like a mini-vacation from your regular life.
Stop Stress; Start Dancing
Starting dance classes with Fred Astaire Dance Studios is simple and stress-free. Many of our studios even offer a free first lesson. It can’t get much easier than that. Call or come by a location near you to begin your journey to a healthier and happier life using the power of dance.