Stress can take its toll on both your physical and mental health and in our modern constantly connected society, many of us are really starting to feel the pressure. Of course, if your stress is starting to affect your health, then the first thing you need to do is contact a health professional, but there are definitely some lifestyle changes that you can make that can help reduce your stress. And one of those is to dance!

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How dancing can make you less stressed? If you have ever exited a dance floor feeling just amazing, you will know how powerful dancing’s mood-boosting effects are. But why does it make us feel so good? There are a few different reasons:

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  1. Dancing is a cardio exercise that releases endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, which are your brain’s natural “happy hormones”.
  2. Dancing can help you to get a good night’s sleep, and getting enough sleep is key to reducing your stress.
  3. Dancing can improve your social connections, and spending time with other people can help to boost your mood and reduce your stress.
  4. Social touch can lower your body’s stress response, and partner dancing is a great way of getting the chance to experience respectful touch with another person.
  5. Dancing helps build your confidence, which can stop you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

And, really, just taking an hour out of your week to do something for you can be enough to take you away from all of your worries. Dancing can be a truly joyful experience, which you can definitely see in this video of Hector and Christina dancing to Davido’s Fall. You might not be able to quantify that joy in terms of endorphins and stress responses, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an amazing way of reducing your stress. So if you’re feeling stressed, picking up your dancing shoes might be the perfect way to make you feel better. And you will have a whole lot of fun at the same time!

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