Sure, this time of year is fun and festive, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Stress is a natural part of life and like so many things, it ebbs and flows. The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for a lot of people. Cooking, baking, shopping, cleaning, work deadlines, relatives visiting… the list goes on!
Here is our recommendation; 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.
Dance is exercise, and exercise is a natural remedy for reducing stress.
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 Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
We know dancing is fun — but it’s also a great form of 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 Soothes 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.
Bust your stress with dance. There’s nothing like a vigorous 45-minute session on the dance floor to loosen up that attitude and feel recharged. There’s every reason in the world to do it, including taking a short break from the holiday stress!