Stress…how do you manage it? Moody blues, can you overcome them and if you can’t, what about taking a break from sadness, worries ( the old fashion anxiety we all too often label now) and stress?
I often suggest to youths to exercise, dance, jog, take a brisk walk around the block because we know it is cold in most places in Canada, do yoga or Tai chi…movements do not have to be fast…it is the movement in itself that is therapeutic and in so many cases, it is healing.
I have always enjoyed dancing but have never been a very good one. I would practice as a teen before going to a dance some special line dances, listen to lots of Motown and allow the music to move my body. I’ve noticed when you enjoy the music, your body seems to respond so much better. When the children were younger I would dance and they would laugh at Mommy who looked silly…actually they probably still think the same thing and they are 30 something! What has changed over the years however is that I let my guard down in my late 40’s. I would dance now with freedom because my internal voice said, “Dance your heart out like no one is looking!” I had a regular place I loved to go dancing in Toronto that had live R & B music every day with no cover charge! We had a group of friends that went regularly and it was fun.
One friend told me I reminded him of Carmen Diaz in her role in Charlie’s Angels. I remember saying, “I thought I danced better than that!” But what he meant was her free spirited…laissez-faire attitude and for that I would agree and consider that a compliment.
Dance like no one is watching and you will certainly lower the stress in your life…even if it’s just for a few hours…it is free, healthy (but don’t like that stop you) and FUN!
Here is a video that will put a smile on your face…watch and see, I dare you.
© Cheryl-Lynn 2015/801/13
Inspired by this post at The Kintsugi Girl