There are few things that can be considered art and exercise; dance is one of them. Besides all we know about how exercise helps to reduce your anxiety, dance lets you be creative and express yourself through your body, making you feel more connected to the present moment. When you’ve got a bit of time to spare and need both a distraction and a workout to relieve the stress of the day, try these dancing options.
If you can afford to take a dance class at a local studio, definitely do it. Because dance takes so much concentration to get it right, you’ll be more inclined to focus when surrounded by others working towards the same goal. If you’re suffering from both anxiety and depression, this may be a chance to meet some like-minded friends that can help you feel more positive about yourself.
If you experience social anxiety and would rather get the same benefits in the comfort of your own home, try watching a step-by-step dance routine video online or investing in a Zumba-type DVD. Here, you can go at your own pace and repeat the routine as many times as you’d like.
If trying to learn a dance routine sends you into a panic attack, just turn on some music and freestyle. Listen to a CD you love and just move around the room; you’ll soon find yourself grooving in time to the beat and lost in the movement and the sounds.