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Mental Health and the Art of Dance

Dancing has always been a part of our culture, from traditional rituals to celebrations, it is something that widely appeals to people from all walks of life. It is also highly associated with good physical health, but most people don’t know that dancing can affect their mental health, too. Dancing can release chemicals in the brain that actively work to reduce cortisol, which helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Not only does dance create a boost in mood-boosting chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, but it helps create a sense of community during times when people feel otherwise isolated. Cognitive development plays a role in the emotional healing elements of dance as well. Dancing enhances the brain’s networking and transmission of chemicals, which help in the stabilization of mental health. Improved transmission of chemicals reduces the chances of mental health disorders.

In dancing, a person needs to focus on the constant changing of movement and remember all the moves and patterns. Remembering choreography makes dancing a great form of therapy for improving memory, creativity, and learning ability. Dance can be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. It can help to improve your sleep quality and make you feel more rested. Dancing is an energetic activity that gives you more energy to do other things! So give yourself a chance to learn something new and take advantage of the health benefits of dance!

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