Since the beginning of time, humans have found joy through dance. Dance has been an important part of our lives since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations. Archaeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as the 30,000-year-old Bhimbetka rock shelters paintings in India and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from c. 3300 BC.
Dance has ability to heal, to release stress, to bring people together. From ceremonies to rituals to healing to means of social bonding and communication, dance as a form of expression has always been present. Have you ever watched a child when they hear music? They start dancing. It is something that is ingrained in us, a part of our core DNA.
Dancing has natural healing powers. It can turn a bad mood into something positive, and can literally relieve tension and stress. Dance constitutes a “pleasure double play.” Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits. It activates the right hemisphere of your brain which means that you give your overactive analytical brain a break. It calms the mind and soothes the soul. That is why it has withstood the test of time.
So why not do more dance breaks? When you are going about your day, at work or at home, and you start to feel your energy going down, here’s an easy thing you can do. Get up and dance for 15 seconds. Jump around, move your body, scream and shout for joy! It will re-energize you, increase blood flow, and get your senses in action again.
Once I started incorporating this in my daily practice, I noticed a huge difference. Not at first, but over time. I started printing out a monthly calendar and putting a star sticker on every day for every time I busted a move. At first, I would only remember to do it once or twice a day, but before long, I started looking forward to my dance breaks and would get excited. They slowly became the highlight of my day at work.
If you are in an office building and you can’t just bust a move in the middle of nowhere, what do you do? Find a conference room with no windows or in a bathroom stall, and jump around for 15 seconds.
So who’s up for the 15 second dance challenge? Let’s bust a move and beat stress today!