Everyone talks about the benefits of running, yoga, pilates, etc…but what about the benefits of unstructured, nonsensical, ‘I-look-ridiculous’ dancing? A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on how to stay inspired and talked about how listening to music/dancing inspires and energizes me. As silly as it feels, plugging in my headphones and listening to my favourite music on full blast while dancing and
singing lip syncing helps me de-stress and just let loose. I suppose Zumba may be the closest thing to this, but if you’re like me and don’t feel like paying for a class, I recommend that you create your own impromptu dance session. As someone with a fairly reserved and uptight personality with no talent for dance whatsoever, it allows me to let loose and release the tension in my body. At first I first felt embarrassed (even if I was alone), but then I thought, when else do I have the opportunity to be weird, imperfect, and completely free? Shake off those bad feelings. Trust me, its therapeutic.
Remember that scene from GIRLS with Hanna and Marnie, or the time when Meredith and Christina from Grey’s Anatomy danced it out? Ever since watching these unforgettable moments on T.V., I was tempted to recreate it on my own.
What You Need:
A room/house to yourself
A playlist of your most upbeat songs
Comfortable clothing (preferably pajamas or sweatpants)
And if you are in the mood to share, a friend!
It. Is. Liberating. Need I say more?
So whether you dance like your mom, jump, or fist pumping it, I encourage you to take advantage of being alone and just dance it out!
A playlist to get you started:
Do you have impromptu dance sessions?
Image 2 via A Cup of Jo