How Dance Relieves Stress & Loneliness During the Holidays

December 11, 2016

fads How Dancing Helps Stress and Loneliness around the HolidaysMany of our students tell us that they think of their local Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a home away from home, and a family. Here are people with common interests, a love of dance and a genuine fondness for each other who have found a wonderful outlet for their creativity, and a sense of accomplishment as they grow comfortable and confident on the dance floor. We’re so proud of the “FADS community” fostered by all of our talented dance instructors and staff at our dance studios, to help make that happen! Our network of Dance Studios are owned and staffed by accomplished, positive and caring people who are truly dedicated to helping their students achieve (and surpass!) their dance goals. It’s one of the things that makes working with Fred Astaire Dance Studios so unique, and so special.

This sense of “FADS family” is present throughout the year, but even more so during the holidays. Because fun as they can be, we know that the holiday season can also be stressful for some of our students, for any number of reasons. According to healthline.com, “the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content, to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.” Causes of distress or emotional upset during the holidays are many, healthline.com says, citing social isolation (we can help with that!), grieving lost loved ones, and general holiday pressures (the endless shopping comes to mind). So if you are suddenly experiencing this too, please know that you’re not alone. And know that you can rely on your Fred Astaire Dance Studios family to help pick you up, if you are feeling down.

Dance – something you can bring with you everywhere you go – is an excellent stress-buster and exercise, and allows you to focus strictly on the moment – on your own body and its rhythms, and let the rest of the world melt away. So at those holiday parties and get-togethers this season, take advantage of those opportunities to get out on that dance floor! Remember that there are so many proven benefits of dance – physical, emotional and social. And remember that your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a supportive, inspiring place where both instructors and friends can help you discover the joy of dance, while you work through your stress at the same time. We can’t promise any magic cures for the blues. But we do promise camaraderie, a warm & inspiring environment, and the opportunity to do some good for yourself – physically, emotionally, and socially.

Consider the holidays a great time – not that there’s ever a bad one – to take ballroom dance lessons at your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio – to resolve that NOW is the time for you to do something important, just for you. Or give the gift of dance lessons to a loved one, and join them on a shared dance journey that can reignite your relationship. Or simply discover the freedom to dance this holiday season… dance with abandon, dance like no one is watching (because they’re not), dance merely because it makes you happy. Because there is a lot of happiness to be found – you just have to look in the right places. Get started today – find your local studio, here.

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