How Dancing Can Boost Your Mood.

Last weekend I attended a workshop run by Choose to Thrive which focused on intuition. After an amazing Yoga session run by Naomi we were asked by Michelle to blindfold ourselves and dance freely to the song she put on.

The blindfolds were to allow us to move freely without judgement, to feel the rhythm and move the way that we felt. It was to encourage us to let go of our inhibitions and to just be.

I must admit, I was reserved, I felt the urge to dance but I just swayed from side to side with my hands staying still. For just two minutes, I wasn’t able to let go and it made me realise that even with a blindfold on, I was still worried about being judged.

By no means am I a professional (or even an amateur dancer), but that wasn’t the purpose of the exercise. It was to move the way you felt. So, once I returned home after the empowering and inspiring workshop, I put on my headphones, went into a room and shut the door and danced.

I was still quite reserved but I was beginning to loosen up. Each day this week, either in the morning or after work, I have danced my heart out to the same song. I’ve been able to loosen up a little bit more each time and it feels so freeing to do so. When you can remove the limitations you place on yourself, you can begin to see what you are truly capable of.

While it may seem like a small experiment or activity to try, it is beneficial. Not only does it allow you to move your body, get your blood pumping and get a good dose of dopamine running through your veins, you also get the chance to really feel and listen to music. Sometimes, we fear judgement from others when in reality, it’s just ourselves judging us.

Take a few minutes for you, pick a song and dance your heart out to it. Don’t worry about anything other than being true to how you want to dance in that moment. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t in sync with the rhythm, if your form isn’t perfect, it is just about being present and letting yourself be.

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